Tuesday, April 12, 2016
A-Z Challenge: J is for Jardins
However, Jardins is closely related to its English translation. Simply replace the J with a G... and you can guess what it means: Gardens.
As I mentioned in the H post, Baron Haussmann was responsible for creating numerous green spaces throughout Paris, a nice respite for the inhabitants of a major urban city. While there are many smaller parks throughout the city, the two most popular are the Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank, and Tuilleries Gardens on the Right Bank.
This post will focus on the Tuilleries Gardens.
I adore these Gardens for several reasons.
First, they are located smack dab in the heart of the city: walking distance to three museums (the Louvre, the d'Orsay and the l'Orangerie), and an elite shopping district. Yet despite its easy access, it is surprisingly quiet and peaceful.
Afterwards, they wander to the fountain where toy sailboats are available to rent. In this day of video games and over-programming, it is heartwarming to see these children content to use an every day stick to push the boat across the water. Sometimes simple pleasures truly are the best.
It is easy to grab a "jambon et fromage" sandwich at a local pushcart (ham and cheese like you've never tasted in the states), pull up a chair beside one of the many flower gardens, and bask in the simplicity of the moment.