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Jardin du Luxembourg

Bordering Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a park created in 1612 by Jacques Boyceau at the request of Marie de’ Medici, widow of King Henry IV of France. The garden takes its name from the residence of Duke François of Luxembourg once found on the ground bought by the queen. The Jardin du Luxembourg saw numerous modifications up until Baron Haussmann’s renovation of Paris in the 19th century, when its current layout was created.

 

Nicknamed the “Luco” by those who know it well, the garden stretches over 25 hectares and is divided into a French-style section and an English-style section. Between the two is a wooded area and a large pond. There is also an orchard with different varieties of vintage apples, a hive for bee-keepers in training, greenhouses with a breathtaking collection of orchids and a rose garden. The garden has 106 statues spread across the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the orangery and the Pavillon Davioud. Children can enjoy numerous activities, including puppets, roundabouts, slides and remote-controlled boats. As for adults, there’s chess, tennis or bridge, and of course the Jardin du Luxembourg is ideal for a jog. The Jardin du Luxembourg also hosts countless events, including exhibitions of photos on the railings and bandstand concerts. 

Montparnasse

A meeting place of intellectuals since the 19th century, Montparnasse has attracted some of the biggest names in world culture including Picasso, Miró, Joyce and Hemingway. Known for its chic cafés, its station, its tower which dominates the Paris skyline, its artist workshops and its cemetery, this bohemian-turned-residential quarter has one of Paris’ must-see locations.

The 14th arrondissement

There are many things to see and do and places to discover in Paris’ 14th arrondissement, with its villagey feel. Discover Boulevard du Montparnasse with its world-famous brasseries, then get up close to contemporary art at the Fondation Cartier museum. Wander round Place Denfert-Rochereau and down Rue Daguerre, then brave the macabre Paris Catacombs. Finally, while away the time around Parc Montsouris or Montparnasse Cemetery where many writers have been laid to rest.

Latin Quarter

Close to Montparnasse lies Paris’ liveliest district. Located between Boulevard du Montparnasse and Boulevard de Saint-Germain, the Latin Quarter offers a friendly and laid-back atmosphere all year round. It features countless tourist sites, including the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, the Arènes de Lutèce, the Musée du Moyen-Âge, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Rue Mouffetard and the Théâtre de l’Odéon.