Paris in the spring is something of a cliché but it is a great time to visit!
Spring comes early in the French capital. From late March, the green is bursting open all over the city, on the tree-lined boulevards, on balconies and in the gardens.
Parisians hit the streets and the river banks to enjoy the outdoors. They squeeze around the tiny café tables on the sunniest terraces or stroll through the beautiful gardens.
They sit, chat and mingle on the river banks to catch a warm ray and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
There is still a chill in the air and night comes early but after the winter months, who wants to stay inside?
There is nothing lovelier than sipping a glass of wine or a coffee outside and watching the world pass by, right?
If you prefer peace and quiet, the central courtyard of the Petit Palais museum (free) has a magnificently decorated garden and a café where you can sit to admire the palm and the cherry trees.
Hidden from the crowds in the heart of the city, the Palais Royal is where locals go to hang out. They come with their dogs, meet their friends or eat their lunch if they work nearby. It’s the perfect place to head to see the cherry blossoms.
Last but not least, the cherry orchard at Parc de Sceaux is very much worth a visit. Only 3 miles away from Paris and easily accessible, it was created by Le Nôtre, the famous landscape architect of Versailles.
Much less crowded than in Summer, take advantage of the season to see the lavish gardens in full bloom at Versailles. From April the statues are unveiled from their protective winter covers. The palm, orange and citrus trees are lined up outside the Orangerie. The enchanting Musical Fountain Show and Musical Gardens programs starts. A pure delight!
Spring is a busy season in Paris. It is impossible to list all the events. Therefore, here is a short selection:
Share a festive race the day before the Paris Marathon: the Paris Breakfast Run April 13, it will allow you to discover the monuments that have made Paris: the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Pont Alexandre III, followed by an amazing finish beneath the Eiffel Tower!
Marvel at Toutankhamon , the Treasures of the Pharaoh! From March 23 the exhibition celebrates the centenary of the discovery of the royal tomb by presenting a collection of exceptional masterpieces.
Experience a unique art and digital exhibition Van Gogh, Starry Night. In a former foundry, a huge, high space. HD projections are accompanied by surround sound to incredible effect. Beware that due to its success, you need to book online well in advance!
Taste the best chocolates ever! Easter in Paris is when all bakeries and chocolatiers throughout the city decorate their shop windows with artful chocolate goodies. Some of them really stand out but all of them are delicious, chocolate has been a tradition in France since 1615 after all!
This is the only the top of the iceberg, contact me for more information about what to do in Paris this Spring!
In conclusion, Paris is always a good idea but it’s divine in the Spring!
Photos credit: Personal Paris – My little Paris