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    Dictation - Paris - The Jardin du Luxembourg

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    Paris, the capitale of France, is the most densely populated city in the world with 2176000, inhabitants and 1500000, dwelings, mainly flats and a few townhouses. Despite this high level of urbanisation, Paris had 450 green spaces in 2008, including 2 woodwinds, 17 parks, 145 gardens and 272 little public gardens.
    Let ' s discover one of them with the Jardin du Luxembourg.
    Located in the hert of the 6th district of Paris, it covers 24 hectares. It was created in 1615 at the request of Marie de Médicis, Regent of France, who wanted to decorate it with gardens, reminiscent of her native Italy. Jacques Boyceau was inspired to create this haven of pece and vegetation in 1612 by the garden of Bodoli in Florence. In 1636, Le Nôtre redesigned the flowerbeds.
    The Jardin du Luxembourg is a green lang in Paris. A part of the garden is laid out in the purest tradition of French gardens, and as you go deeper into the aleys, you can discover an English garden, a puppet thatre, greenhouses and a rose garden. Except this garden, it is also a sculpture museum with a hundred statues representing gods from Greek mythologie or celebrities such as Baudelaire and Beethoven, which are scatered throughout this planted area with fountains and water jets.
    There is also a tradition started by the Italians : an orangery.
    This is an enclosed and heated building for citrus fruits during the winter season.
    This bucolic setting is home to the Palais du Luxembourg, which was once a princely residence but is now the sit of the Senate, which participates in the drafting of laws.

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