Our last evening in Paris was spent wandering around Jardin du Luxembourg, which was just a short walk from Hotel des Grands Hommes where we were staying. We had both visited these gardens on a few previous trips, but as so often happens in the more interesting and intricate gardens we discovered a new treasure off to the side, the Medici Fountain (La fontaine Médicis):
Leading up to the granite sculpture is a dark glassy pond, flanked on either side by thick gatherings of dark green vines fixed into garlands strung ribbon-like between the occasional grand old chestnut tree. These leafy garlands added a sweet romance to the scene as did the potted geraniums, which bloomed in brilliant reds and pinks from large stone planters. The Medici Fountain offered an ideal space for my Mom and I to just drift for a while; a greatly desired activity after a rather stressful trip.