Commissioned in the early 1600s by Marie de Médici, the dazzling Palais du Luxembourg was built to ease this regent’s longing for her childhood home, the renowned Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. The surrounding Jardin du Luxembourg is a marvelous melding of tree-edged promenades, broad lawns, flower beds, and an orangery nurturing more than four hundred species of orchids. In addition to numerous statues and water features, including the much-photographed Médici Fountain, there is a bassin where generations of petite captains have launched toy sailboats on sunny afternoons.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Jane Hope