On my last day of class, I took my time walking home, meandering through the Luxembourg Gardens. I love this little patch of calm in the middle of Paris. In the summer it’s packed with people, every chair turned toward the sun, children pushing sailboats in the fountains, tourists snapping pictures. Now it’s much more subdued. Chairs sit empty, there are only a few tourists.
The main activity is the many joggers running along the paths. There are young women, old men, people from the Senat building, groups of policemen in training, fit runners dashing around slow shuffling joggers. At noon the Luxembourg Gardens look like a very fancy school yard in the middle of PE class. It always surprised me because I keep hearing things about how the French don’t run or exercise. Not the story I’m seeing. Anyway, outside of the runners, it’s quiet. And sort of tucked away for winter. Hundreds of those iconic green chairs are neatly stacked and stored away behind a little barrier.
I like how Paris is calm right now – how there isn’t as much going on. It’s nice and a walk through the park is always good for the soul. I even spotted some interesting wildlife.
Apparently animal print is in.