Kaid Benfield's Favorite Park
"What makes it work so well? I can think of a few things right away: First, it's a great size for a large city park, at 60 acres. That means one still feels in the city when there, but in an especially tranquil part. Second, like great cities themselves, it embodies a variety of vistas and experiences, from the majestic old Luxembourg Palace (now the seat of the French Senate), to the pond in the center where kids play with toy boats, to a bandstand, a marionette theatre, a carrousel, tennis courts, the Medici fountain, terrific nooks and crannies in which to eat and drink, and so on."