When you walk through Luxembourg Garden, just in front of the fountain where you can hire and play with boats, there is a magnificent building guarded by men in uniform: This is the Senate of France.
The Senate is the upper house of the France Parliament, but this monument was actually built by Marie de Medicis who wanted to be close to her son, King Louis XIII, located at le Louvre, which gives you an idea of the links between mother and son!
Besides the wonderful garden you walk by to reach the Senate, it is worth a visit, as you can feel democracy in progress. And when you enter the hemicycle, (the debates are broadcasted on Thursday afternoons, you can imagine very famous French people, like Georges Clemenceau (one of our French presidents) or Emile Zola sitting there and trying to improve the lives of millions of people.
As you visit this place, don’t miss the incredible 19th century library, and the amazing former ballroom, where you can admire the throne of Napoleon the 1st.
And by the way, try to see the private garden of the President of the Senate, with his private tennis court.
Honestly, this place is very interesting to see to better understand the way French democracy works, and, while you are around, you can always enjoy walking in the Latin quarter just nearby or this wonderful garden that Le Luxembourg is. From there, you can reach either Montparnaase via the Vavin Street or St-Sulpice or St Michel Boulvard