Tuileries Garden or Luxembourg in Paris

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Aug 24th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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Tuileries Garden or Luxembourg in Paris

If you have a choice to pick one of them, which garden would you prefer?

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Aug 24th, 2007, 06:27 AM
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hi, arickson,

neither of these are Gardens in the true [ie english] sense, IMO. the nearest to a proper garden in paris is the bagatelle in the bois de boulogne.

if I had to pick between the two you mention, then the luxembourg is closer to the concept of a garden as i recognise it.

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Aug 24th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Why would you choose a garden in the 'English' sense when you are in France? but I think I know what you mean. You're probably thinking about the beds of flowers vs. a more 'park-like' environment.

I love Jardin de Luxembourg because it seems to have such a variety - flowers, 'forests', fountains, open areas, woody areas, quiet corners, the boules court, etc. Tuileries is laid out in a more open way, whereas Lux. has more private pockets.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 07:14 AM
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I'd say Lux, because they are larger and because they are away from the hordes of people and traffic in that area of the 1st. For a quiet place to have lunch, read a book, Lux would be my choice. Someday I'll check out the puppet show at the Lux.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Hi A,

For what purpose do you wish to go to either?

From whence will you start?

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Aug 24th, 2007, 07:57 AM
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Thank you y'all. I plan to do it on my first day in Paris just to relax and enjoy a beauty of a garden/park. I am coming from Gare Montparnasse.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 08:56 AM
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If you don't mind a little travel, I would recommend the Parc Monceau as a beautiful place to sit and watch the (somewhat privileged) world go by.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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I wondered what the goal was, also. I definitely prefer to "hang out" in Luxembourg, and it's not far from gare Montparnasse, anyway, so def. go there. I really do like the Bagatelle and some other parks (Monceau and MOntsouris are nice, and Batignolles). I don't really like the Tuileries at all except in a postcard, maybe.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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Many French "gardens" - esp those like the Tuilleries - are lot what Americans or British would call a garden - that is large green lawns, beautiful flowerbeds, groups of shrubs, wooded areas, etc.

Many French "gardens" consist of large areas of raked gravel with some trees, a lot of benches and a relatively few shrubs and a few very formal flower beds.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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For the purposes you describe, Id definitely go to the Jardin de Luxembourg. It's so lovely.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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Another choice could be the Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois. Th rose garden is subline and there's a lovely café.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 01:04 PM
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Many French "gardens" consist of large areas of raked gravel with some trees, a lot of benches and a relatively few shrubs and a few very formal flower beds.

My experience is that the formal flower beds are pretty much a thing of the past. The variety of flowers in the flower beds had very much improved.

See pictures 15 and 51 in the following:
http://tinyurl.com/34evao
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Aug 24th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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I am reminded of a visit to a garden in the dordogne - very heavy on the hedges and gravel, light on the trees and flowers.

the guide was happy to tell the assembled company, both French and english, that this was a "sensible" french garden - she didn't tell us what she thought of english ones, but the meaning was clear enough.

we now refer "en famille" to stupid english gardens, and prefer them too.

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Aug 24th, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Actually, I think the difference may be in what one calls gardens versus a park. I do think of the Tuileries and formal places like that as gardens, but for just relaxing and hanging out, parks are better. Montsouris is a park (as is Monceau). Batignolles which I like, and is like a park, seems just to be called Square des Batignolles on my map (but it't a large park, not a small street square with a tiny lawn and some flowers).

So if the idea is just to relax, I'd go to a park, but you can do it in some gardens, of course -- it's just not as relaxing (espec the Tuileries which doesn't have much shade, and the shade is really not the gardens, but some gravel under the trees).
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Aug 24th, 2007, 05:17 PM
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They aren't that far apart, why not see both?
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Aug 24th, 2007, 05:54 PM
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I'd go to the Square du Vert Galant, for the river view.
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