Take in the picturesque gardens and even watch a game of chess.
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a pleasant spot for leisure. Whether you want to rest, stroll, jog, play tennis on one of three courts or observe one of the dozen chess games, the park provides many relaxing and invigorating diversions. The gardens were the original grounds of the Luxembourg Palace, the former residence of Marie de Médicis, mother of King Louis XIII, and current home of the French Senate.
The east wing of the Palace is occupied by the Luxembourg Museum, which displays temporary art exhibitions. The emphasis on art is continued in the 106 statues scattered throughout the property, which notably include representations of famous artists like Baudelaire and Chopin, as well as a bronze replica of Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty. Green chairs dispersed around the fountains and along the extensive gravel paths are perfect for a chat, a nap or a nice afternoon with a book.