"the Latin Quarter" "you have to visit the Latin Quarter" "don't miss the Latin Quarter" were amoung the many things we heard before our trip.
Nothing really specific just that it was a not to miss destination.
Sunday strolling through I was disappointed we had waited until Sunday as most the shops were closed, its not the US for sure. But as we strolled looking at guide books and maps we were drawn to a huge green space, the Jardin du Luxembourg. With no expectations we walked through iron gates and into a heavily wooded area, moving through and bursting out into the open, a green sloping lawn towards a pool and fountain we both smiled and exclaimed at the same time "Sunday in the park with George" That exactly how it looked. Googling the painting later I was disappointed to realize it was painted on an island out near La Defense, but the idea at the time put us in an even more cheerful mood as we stopped and relaxed along with thousands of others.
Is this what Washington Park and the Riverfront Park will be like when finished? Filled with people killing a Sunday afternoon relaxing.
I sure hope so.
There was a good breeze blowing and as we made our way to the pool I was interested in the sailboats, what was going on? Were they remotely controlled?
No, they were rigged to sail straight and when they'd get to the edge, kids with poles would come running and turn them around and off they'd shoot back to the other side of the pool. We sat there forever watching them go.
Deeper into the garden and more trees and shade and fountains, Paris is nothing if not fountains.
Fountains, statues, water. In one form or another repeated over and over.
Public spaces for people to gather don't have a priority in the US but it seems that is slowly changing.