The original palace is still there setting the stage. It now houses the French Senate and this is their garden that they generously share with the public.
The pond and fountain in front.
Flowers are everywhere, every color imaginable and bordering all the lawns.
One of the things that impressed me were the amazing statues and sculptures in lovely settings all through the gardens. Benches and chairs were plentiful providing comfortable seats to rest and enjoy.
The close up on this one shows the natural surroundings that enhance all the statues.
This one, embedded in the rocks and plantings, looks so real, like a man being born.
This one is of a couple enjoying their baby in a tender family moment.
These children and their mother are also caught in that spontaneous moment of joy. I love the various pinks in the flowers.
A tribute to Chopin tucked in a wooded grove.
I couldn't find who this was but it looked like Bacchus reveling.
I noticed young children stopping and looking at the many sculptures in between playing their games on the lawns. It's all part of their environment- historical buildings, amazing art, natural beauty, open spaces carefully tended that incorporate it all and is available to them. It's a lovely legacy.