On a Sunday in August in Paris, I had eaten a good meal at Bouillon Racine, a restaurant decorated in a Belle Epoque style. The lunch was all right, good, but the chance to admire the decor was the best part of the experience.
When I left Bouillon Racine, the afternoon had reached its peak. It was 13:30, maybe 14:00. I did not want to continue on a trajectory toward the Seine and the Boulevard St Michel, but instead decided to circle around the northern side of the Jardin du Luxembourg. I walked on rue Vaugirard toward the northwestern entrance to the Jardin and entered there.
My goal for the day was the restaurant and the walk to it. I had hoped to identify the tourist site later, if one happened to appear during the walk.
My day as a tourist, as mentioned in an earlier post, focusses on three components: a walk, a restaurant and meal, and a tourist site, in no particular order. It is my contention that a rewarding day in a foreign country can be experienced without checking off important sites recommended by a guide book. The hard part is thinking about the walk or the lunch first and only later hope that a famous place will be seen and, if not, saying, “Oh well, I had an excellent day anyway.”
As mentioned, I turned into the Jardin du Luxembourg and headed south in the direction of home.
Passing the chess players to the left and pausing for a moment to watch the tennis players in courts to the left as well and noticing couples or families or individuals who were sitting on the benches that line the walk to the right, I veer a bit through the hedges and stop at the model for the Statue of Liberty. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)
La Liberté Éclairant is not the actual model that Bartholdi donated to the Musée du Luxembourg; it is a bronze replica. The original was withdrawn in 2012 for “raisons de conservation.” But wait, there’s more!