Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)
The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris located in the 6th arrondissement. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace (shown in the photo by John Hunter)
The gardens are featured prominently in Victor Hugo's novel Les MisÃ©rables. It is here that the principal love story of the novel unfolds, as the characters Marius Pontmercy and Cosette first meet. Henry James also uses the gardens, in The Ambassadors, as the place where his character Lambert Strether has an epiphany about his identity.