Some tourist attractions and areas of cities can get stale. The “been there, done that” thought can creep up when I am in Paris and someone asks to see the Mona Lisa, but never will I say that about Luxembourg Gardens (Jardins du Luxembourg). It never gets old strolling through the vast landscape even in the winter time when the tropical plants and trees disappear behind the bundling bags that keep them warm during the harsh cold and dark months. There is life year ’round in this park with school children taking their mandatory walkabout at lunchtime, folks jogging, tennis players serving things up, and chess champions queueing up for a match. The ducks remain all year poodeling around in the various fountains and pond. They seem to validate that life in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris in the winter is better than summer in other places.
Of course, nothing beats the spring when the crocuses begin to bloom and the wrappings come off the bushes and trees. It’s like Christmas morning when the palm trees are unveiled – the promise of warmer weather and summer nights picnicking in sunlight till ten o’clock pm awakens Paris from the wintry sleep. Luxembourg Gardens come alive and renew the spirit of the City of Light.
It is now fall and preparations are happening all around. Squirrels are gathering their last nuts, flower beds are replanted with heartier plants like pansies and in some cases pulled out and covered, and the leaves are falling. For those in Paris, enjoy these days before the winter rains dampen your spirit and remember to walk in the park on the sunny winter days to cheer yourself up because even though it is winter, there is still greenery around to add color to the gray sky days . Remember what the ducks already know, Paris in the winter is better than most cities in the summer!
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