Exploring Paris on foot.

You can walk to Luxembourg Gardens, begun by Maria Medici way back when, from many points in Paris. Once inside, take your time, stroll around, snap lots of pictures. There are lovely flower beds all around the park, with lots of flowers bravely blooming even in early March. Walk around the pond and then enjoy the gorgeous former royal palace, now home to the Senate, from the outside. It is huge, so even if you only circle it, allot enough time and energy for the walk! There are also a hundred statues, many of them reproduce the usual mythical figures, but many are impressive monuments to various queens. Among the playgrounds there is one which is designed strictly for very young children, with the Senate’s approval. Be sure to stop by many fountains, including the rather old and elaborate Fontaine de Medici. If you feel like jogging or stretching, you may join the many fitness nuts who run on circular pathways or exercise on the green lawns. There is also a public toilet inside the garden.

When you had your first fill so to speak, exit to Rue Vaugirard, immortalized by Alexandre Dumas and walk to the magnificent tall towers which are the famous Saint Sulpice church. As many European churches,  its origins are lost somewhere or somewhen in centuries long past.  It was built through the 17-18th centuries, and the first foundation stone was laid down by Anne of Austria. It is the biggest church in this amazing city, and the second biggest after Notre Dame de Paris. It has two towers which were supposed to mirror or to compete with those of Notre Dame. But for some reasons only one tower was built to completion, and the other one is smaller and slimmer. Inside, the church is really magnificent, with lots of paintings by various celebrated artists of several centuries. The church also boasts a large gnomon, which I learned is the center piece in a sun dial. In front of the church there is a large beautiful fountain.

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