Paris in Spring

By Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012

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Spring is a happy time in Paris; everyone’s emerging from their winter hibernation and venturing back onto the streets and into the parks and cafes. You might need to take a jacket and scarf but the sun will be out and the flowers blooming. Some of the best places to soak up the spring sun are:

Jardin du Luxembourg

Marie de Medici’s royal residence during the Renaissance, there are wonderful formal gardens, daffodils, blossoms and green benches near the fountain for sitting and people-watching, an excellent Parisian pastime. Remember, there is no sitting on the grass – the French are too elegant for that.

Jardin des Tuileries

Between the Louvre and the Champs Elysees, this is a place to stroll and sit for a while but it’s more about people-watching than floral displays.

Promenade Plantee

Floral gardens planted on a defunct elevated railway line with springtime cherry blossoms, chestnut trees, bamboo and colorful flower gardens. It’s a hidden gem leading from the Bastille to the Bois des Vincenne. Enter above the Viaduc des Arts.

Seine River Cruise/Canal Cruise

Seeing Paris from the water gives a whole new perspective.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Paris Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Paris.

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