Where is spring in Paris?

Ladurée strawberries

Where is spring in Paris? I am asking this as cold rain is pouring on the first day of May. The weather of the past few days makes you hesitant to shed your winter coat. It even snowed in France last week. So how can we make sure spring is present in our everyday lives as it ought to be by now?

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Spring for me reveals itself first and foremost in nature, with flowers blooming and birds happily chirping about. Which is why I fled to the flower market on the Ile de la Cité a few weeks ago when the weather was really dreary. Located a minute away from Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the lush alleys bordered by all sorts of plants and flowers will make you forget that you are in the middle of a bustling city. On Sundays, the experience is even stronger as the market welcomes birds that sing their heart out.

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To be honest, I first realized it was supposed to be spring in Paris when I noticed this box in a Ladurée window a couple of months ago.

Ladurée box

The gourmet stores have managed to bring us welcomed touches of sunshine: desserts made with spring fruits and decorated with flowers can only cheer you up.

Ladurée framboise fraises

Pierre Hermé

Fauchon

Fauchon éclair

To create a warm atmosphere in my apartment, I favor an old trick of the trade: candles with floral or green fragrances such as Diptyque’s spring selection or Cire Trudon’s Prolétaire. There is nothing more heart-warming though than sniffing a spring-like scent that you love on your wrist. For me, that would be my old favorite Chanel N°19 with notes of iris, moss and white flowers. I also splurged on Guerlain’s L’Heure de Nuit: when I tried this new perfume with bergamot, orange blossom, iris, jasmine, rose, and musk, I had to have it.

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And what should we wear? I’m not sure I’d recommend the light summer clothes sold in stores for nowadays, as I would not want you to catch pneumonia. I find it easier to play on accessories: a silk Hermès scarf tied around a sparkly Vanessa Bruno bag can easily cheer up any look. The same goes for pastel and bright nail polish: French natural brand Kure Bazaar has great new colors for this season.

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Kure Bazaar vernis bleu

And lastly, because art is the solution to many things, I love to get lost in the paintings of Impressionists to believe that I am actually walking in Giverny. These pictures of Monet’s water lilies were taken at Musée Marmottan, but I’d suggest you’d rather go to the breathtaking Musée de l’Orangerie to admire them.

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Musée Marmottan Claude Monet 2 tableaux

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Has spring really set in where you live? What are your favorite things about this season?

14 Comments

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14 responses to “Where is spring in Paris?

  1. Thank you for all of the lovely pictures, gorgeous!!

  2. cv

    my favorite things of spring- sun! buds on the tree; my trench coat, saint james’ T and All-Stars.

  3. Oh, those pastries look so delicious (and too pretty to eat!)

    I love your nail colour, Anne! Just visited Kure Bazaar’s site and will ask if they’ll ship to Malaysia ;)

    • I’ve tried Kure Bazaar only a couple of times but I can tell you that the quality is pretty good. And I love that it’s one of the most natural nail polish brands on the market.

  4. Lyn

    Thank you once again for beautiful photos and story. Thank you also for your blog on the Museum des Art Decoratifs and the history of fashion from 1700 – ????. I saw it when I was in Paris (my first ever visit) in late March. it was absolutely beautiful. I wish I could have taken some photos for my daughter and sister-in-law who are both beautiful needle women.
    I didn’t get to l’Orangerie, (very disappointed) but I am already planning to come back again. I love your stories, I loved the flower market at Ile de la Cite.
    I hope spring comes soon. Lyn

  5. Thanks for your lovely comment. I hope you get to visit l’Orangerie next time you’re in Paris. These rooms are a sight to see once in a lifetime.

  6. hi! I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster blogger award. There are a few questions to answer, it’s something that passes between bloggers to get to know each better =) all information is here : http://cafecouture.com.au/uncategorized/answers-to-the-liebster-award/

  7. It was chilly!! Much warmer back here in Boston, but hopefully Spring makes its appearance soon. Didn’t put a damper on our visit one bit. Did I mention our first stop was literally Pierre Herme for macarons!! I didn’t make it to Berko, or the new pastry shop from (was it Ducasse?). All the more reason to come back. XOXO

    • It’s gotten better here with a sunny weekend and week to come. Next time you’re in Paris you have to go to L’Eclair de Génie in the Marais and Alain Ducasse’s chocolate factory near Bastille. Both are new and wonderful!

  8. I’ve got to check out that Guerlain perfume. I’m allergic to most perfumes so only the floral scents doesn’t trigger off a headache. It’s still pretty chilly here and we’re only half way through spring!

  9. Such beautiful photos. I always love browsing the flower markets.Especially in the early morning hours right after everything has been delivered- so magical. It has been freezing in Paris! I hope Spring arrives soon.

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