On our first day in Paris we took the l’Open Tour bus around the city, which allowed us to cover a lot of ground while enabling a closer look at certain places that particularly interested us. A stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens was a must on my tour of Paris and it did not disappoint! The palace that stands there now was commissioned in 1611 by Marie de Medicis and the grounds are the second largest public park in
Paris. I particularly enjoyed the the Fontaine des Quatre-Parties-du-Monde, which was added in 1867.
After the gardens we walked up the street to the Pantheon, a Classical church-turned-monument
where Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, and many others. We were able to visit the crypt and see these famous graves along with the amazing architectural elements inside the building.