For one weekend a year in September, you can see all sorts of things in Paris that you normally couldn't. It's the Journées du Patrimoine, the Heritage Days, when some notable closed-to-the-public spaces become public.
We headed over to the Palais du Luxembourg to see the Sénat. A pleasant surprise on the way there was that the Garden's Greenhouses were open as well.
So many honeybees!
I always feel like the bees know the days for collecting are numbered this time of year.
They do keep hives on the other side of the Garden. I'm sure that's why they have the most spectacular blooms.
The Sénat was a long wait to get in and packed with people.
The palais du Luxembourg was built for Catherine de Medici and it was appropriately fit for a queen before being repurposed into the Senate.