Paris in the Springtime

I have had the most extraordinary Sunday. The weather has been perfect, there is joy in the air and everyone is out and about celebrating Paris in the springtime – and I mean everybody! Meandering around le Marais and through the islands today I found mile-long queues at Berthillon icecream outlets and there were literally thousands of cyclists and rollerbladers.

Place des Vosges was full of locals revelling in the beautiful spring sunshine;


Roses perfumed the air along the footpaths,


And spring bulbs made an appearance.


Jazz floated through city streets and over the bridges and there were buskers everywhere,


Even outside the famous English bookshop, Shakespeare & Co.


Cafes flung open their doors, and terraces were jam-packed with diners enjoying a leisurely glass of wine, a coffee…


Or a lofty salad.


Boats glided gracefully down the Seine, crammed with sightseers,


And fromagerie windows everywhere were stocked with new-season’s goat cheese.


Just the thing to take back to the apartment to devour with a fresh, crusty baguette and a glass of Sancerre before an early night. After all, I’ve been up since 3 am.

Bonne Nuit!

  • Mel
    March 17, 2014

    What a perfect day Jane in every way . Love the photos xx

    • janepaech
      March 17, 2014

      Mel, I hope you can make it over to Paris for a day, and Pam…I see you have just started following the blog – you too! We can all get lost together, just like old times! xx

  • Anne Green
    March 17, 2014

    Totally envious Jane. Gorgeous photos and that salad looks wonderful. Paris in the springtime as they say (or someone says) has to be one of life’s supreme experiences.

  • Ro Cunningham
    March 17, 2014

    Hi Jane! I recently came across your blog by some chance..I dont even know what I was looking for! I love reading your anecdotes, and cant wait to get my hands on a copy of Delicious Days in Paris.
    We will definitely catch up some time…vous voir à Adelaide pour un vin.
    Ro Cunningham clues.?? Naracoorte- Hynam store- bike ride- lollies- Sunday- Traill

    • janepaech
      March 18, 2014

      Rosemary! How wonderful to hear from you. Love to catch up sometime. Email me direct (see blog contact page) when you’re in town. Yes, those were the days…down the cutting to the deli for a bag of mixed lollies, your Mum’s Sunday roast, BCR tartan cuffed pants!

  • Alison Lavelle
    April 29, 2014

    Hi Jane, Just come across your blog.After a tour of Kansas and Germany we are back in France.We have been back 7 years and even bought a house here. Let me know when you are back in Paris would love to meet.

    • janepaech
      May 5, 2014

      Great to hear from you Alison! Would love to meet next time I’m in Paris. Lots to catch up on.

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