Ella Fitzgerald had it right —
“I love Paris every moment
Every moment of the year
I love Paris, why oh, why do I love Paris?
Because my love is near
I love Paris in the spring time…”
We spent 3.5 days (April 8-11) in Paris and I couldn’t be more in love with this city. We stayed in a great airbnb in the La Marais area, a historic district in the 3rd arrondissement. The tiny studio is just that — tiny, but oh so charming with it’s 6th floor view and large red french door entryway to the building. On the corner of our street is our favorite morning cafe, Le Voltigeur (45 Rue des Francs Bourqeois) that does some creative cappuccino art.
The weather fortunately was great – a little chilly at night requiring us to wear warmer jackets but we only had 1 day of rain. From all the research I did prior to, it rains VERY often in the spring in Paris. We had two days that we could have worn a dress and flip flops and been comfortable!
Being from the Washington D.C. area, I am a sucker for the cherry blossoms. These gorgeous blooms only last up to 14 days and usually peak in March or April – depending on the winter weather that preceded. I was crossing my fingers that the cherry blossoms would be in full bloom while we were there but alas we only found a handful of them (picnic-ed near the one pictured above of course!).
We may not have been surrounded by cherry blossoms but there were flowers galore. Our favorite place to enjoy flowers were at Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens). I highly recommend picking up some french bread, cheese and meats and taking them here to have a picnic and relax and enjoy. Free admission into the park, this is truly a Parisian gem!
Another place to catch floral blooms is Sacre Coer. This roman catholic church means Sacred Heart when translated. Gorgeous views of Paris, flowers everywhere, a carousel and LOTS of steps! It’s free to go inside the church and I recommend you check it out. Gorgeous interior. I don’t have any photos since they weren’t allowed – another reason to check it out for yourself.
Last but certainly not least, flowers are bountiful at the gorgeous flower shops that frequent Paris’ street corners.
I imagine that Paris is beautiful no matter what time of year you go but there is something about the fresh crisp air and fresh floral blooms of springtime in Paris that make it all the more magical.