Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Picture of the day: Luxembourg Palace


Imade this picture of Palais du Luxembourg a couple of weeks ago, when I was in Paris as the guide of a group tour.
The palace was built in the 17e century, commissioned by Maria de Medici, the wife of king Henry the fourth. She was from Florence, Italy, and she wanted her palace to look like Palazzo Pitti back in her home town.  She also had landscapers build the beautiful garden, Jardin du Luxembourg, around the palace.  It's one of my favorite spots in Paris.  I just love walking there, especially early in the morning, when I have the garden and the view to myself...

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