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9 of the world's most impressive city parks

Aug. 8, 2012, 6:05 p.m.
aerial of Luxembourg Garden in Paris

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Luxembourg Garden, Paris

Paris has some of the world's most impressive gardens, but Luxembourg Gardens is the city's standout. Known for its well-manicured lawns, intricate flower beds, statues and fountains, Luxembourg draws plenty of Parisians, who claim that it has a quiet atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a break from the hubbub of city life. The park features small cafes and a gazebo where music is performed. This is not a place for a hike in wild surroundings, but the gardens do provide the requisite natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere for a brief escape.