The Apostrophe- Paris 6: A boutique hotel near the Luxembourg gardens
Half of the 6 district is a garden. This atypical and unique configuration gives the 6th district a distinct and exclusive flavor. What better than Spring time to visit and fully enjoy this french style garden ? It is your path as you’re on your way to visit the Pantheon or la Sorbonne, by exiting on Blvd Saint Michel. Can also be your shortcut to Saint Sulpice church or Saint-Germain-Des-Pres by taking the exit found near the Senate.
The “Lucos” ( a term used by parisians to denote the garden) was created in 1612 under the initiative of Marie de Medicis and redesigned in 1635 by André Le Notre (Versailles’ landscape architect). It is full of charm and little surprises.
Ideal for a morning walk or jogging, it harbors the “Parisian” beehive which will give you a chance to bring forward your “beekeeping” tendencies afloat. Further, you will find an old apple orchard, a greenhouse specialized in orchids, many statues; Beethoven, Baudelaire… and among them, “Lady Liberty” herself but in a much smaller scale. The fountains… Aah, the fountains ! The main one, built in 1881, is the children’s favorite place where they steer their little boats by using a wooden stick.
What can we find near the Luxembourg gardens ?
Among others, two incomparable museums, the Luxembourg Museum, the first french museum that opened its doors to the public (1750) and the first museum of contemporary arts ( 1818) ; and the Zadkine Museum, inside the old house and workshop of the sculptor.
Of the beaten path : A trip to the starry milky way via the Paris Observatory created by Colbert. A dive into culture with the National Center of Art and Essay “Le Lucernaire” a place where cinema, art gallery, bookstore and restaurant comes together in perfect harmony. A visit to your inner artistic soul with the mythical courses at the “Académie de la Grande Chaumiere”. It was accesible to great painters such as Delacroix, Gauguin, Modigliani, Picasso, etc. And it is accesible to your enlightened and artistic self as well.
A gastronomic tour of your choice : The Vavin Cafe a central meeting place for students of nearby universities, the bakery Kayser (rue d’Assas), The “chocolatier” Jean Paul Hevin and the icecream parlor Amorino on rue Vavin. You still have a place for something else ? There’s nothing more embarrasing than the endless array of choices at hand, like for example ” Le Timbre” with an english chef dishing wonders out of his kitchen, “Toyo” the originality and freshness of Kenzos’ old chef, “Chez Fernand” which is considered as the cafeteria of editors’ world or “The Caméléon” brasserie chic under the reins of the peculiar and extravagant Jean Paul Arabian.
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