Paris is beautiful at any time of the year, but particularly in springtime (or at least that’s what the famous song would have us believe!) As the flowers open Paris comes alive in a sea of blossoms that frame its famous landmarks. If you’re planning a visit to Paris then spring time is when it’s at its best. Café culture restarts after winter and locals and tourists alike sit outside restaurants and cafes to watch the world go by.
Parks and gardens
One of the highlights of Paris in Spring is enjoying the city’s many parks and gardens. The Jardin du Luxemburg is a popular place to stroll and enjoy the sunshine. The former palace of the Marie de Medicis during the Renaissance provides a stunning backdrop to the gardens that also feature a gorgeous Italian-style fountain.
Although it’s slightly out of the city, there’s no better place to take in the beauty of Paris in spring than Versailles. The sumptuous gardens are just as breathtaking as the main Palace. The Grand Canal provides a whimsical centerpiece where tourists can hire boats to row. Be warned however, the gardens are large so if you have difficulty walking long distances you should consider hiring a cart to take you around.
While you might think it wasteful to spend your time indoors during Paris in spring, the city’s museums are some of the best in the world. Many of the most famous French painters depicted spring on canvas, so you’ll be enjoying the best of both worlds! Be sure to check out the Musee d’Orsay, home of a large majority of Impressionist paintings depicting spring in muted pastels and softly painted scenes.
Of course, no visit to Paris is complete without a trip to the Louvre, home of the world’s most famous painting. Wander through galleries of iconic paintings and sculptures and marvel at the work of masterful painters including, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Rembrandt.
Paris abounds with famous landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame Cathedral. In spring, these landmarks are peppered with pretty flowers and canopies of trees. Take a stroll down the Champs Elysee and wander around the Arc de Triomphe. Head over to the district of Montmarte, home to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. A hub for artists, the surrounding streets have provided the backdrop for many a painting, including the well-known Boulevard Montmartre, Spring by Pissarro.
As the evening draws to a close, head up the Eiffel Tower and see the city laid before you. The perfect goodbye to Paris in spring.
Author bio: Sarah Murray works for Appliances Online. When she’s not dreaming of life in Paris she enjoys reading classical literature and visiting historical landmarks.