TRAVEL with pat and lew

* just another day in the Jardin de Luxembourg

Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2011

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a performance of the Northern Ambassadors of Music

The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens), located in the 6th arrondissement, is actually the garden of the French Senate, which is housed in the Luxembourg Palace. Both palace and gardens are the legacy of Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV and the regent for the King Louis XIII, who in 1611 decided to build a palace in imitation of the Pitti Palace in her native Florence. It is one of the most beautiful places in Paris, and one of the most beautiful parks in the world.

Walking in the park, we followed the sounds of music to a bandstand where we came upon an ongoing performance of the Northern Ambassadors of Music. Comprised of over 300 students from North Dakota and Montana, the high school and college students were in the middle of their 16-day 2011 European tour through England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany, including performances at Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Luxembourg Gardens.

The group, each of whom pays roughly $6,000 for the trip, is put together on recommendations of music teachers. They played a combination of classical, show and patriotic music, and apparently had their first rehearsal as a group just three days before we heard them. Their rousing Sousa marching music and a moving rendition of America the Beautiful were extraordinary, especially given the short time they’ve had together.

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views from a walk around the Jardin du Luxembourg … note the Statue of Liberty, one of two in Paris … a plaque next to the statue is dedicated to the memory of those killed on 9-11 and to the long spirit of friendship between the French and American people

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2 Responses to “* just another day in the Jardin de Luxembourg”

  1. Brewster Chamberlin said

    Having walked through and sat in the Jardin de Luxembourg dozens of time over the years, I still feel a charge of pleasure every time I’m there (and have written about it trying to express that pleasure in Paris Now and Then).

  2. Randolph W Becker said

    And remember, this is where Marius went to see Cosette daily in Les Miserables. Ah, to stroll the Jardin in love!!! (I trust you two did too.)

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