Let us share some more ways to enjoy the many delights of Paris.
Paris in Bloom
May 06, 2021
As a widely published author and photographer, Georgianna is known for her romantic, light-infused images of flowers, gardens and iconic travel destinations. Her many books include the bestselling Paris in Bloom, New York in Bloom, London in Bloom, and Vintage Roses and Peonies (a London Sunday Times Book of the Year). Here she takes you to some of her favourite springtime spots.
Jardin des Plantes
For the ultimate springtime adventure, visit Jardin des Plantes where you can gaze upon the most magnificent pink cherry tree in all of Paris. With blossom hanging all the way to the ground, creating a canopy of romantic beauty, this queen of trees is truly a must-see. Throughout the garden, you’ll find numerous other trees, including crabapple, lilac and magnolia, making it a real spring paradise.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Need a peaceful break from the fast pace of the city? Take a stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg, crossing gravel paths to relax in the famous reclining green chairs while contemplating the picturesque view of the brightly coloured flowerbeds. From March to October, the borders are meticulously cared for and offer a delightful sensory experience.
Palais Royal magnolias
Among the very first spring blooms in Paris, juxtaposed against the beautiful façades and columns of the Palais Royal, the deep magenta blooms of the early magnolias are a very welcome sight after winter. Bright daffodils lie in a cheerful carpet beneath the trees and surround the traditional green benches.
Palais Royal roses
Classic, symmetrical architecture alongside a sea of gorgeous Pierre de Ronsard roses make Jardin du Palais Royal a premier destination in the middle of May. The perfectly shaped pink and white roses are a graceful contrast to the stunning arches, columns and balconies.
Parc de Sceaux
This orchard of cherry blossom is located just a short train ride from Paris. In late April, this heavenly array of trees is well worth the long walk from Chateau de Sceaux, to discover a hidden spring oasis. If the weather is fair, bring a picnic to enjoy under a cloud of petals.
Parc Monceau cherry trees
Parc Monceau is a peaceful, gracious location where the earliest cherry trees in Paris bloom, often in January. By mid-April, the park is rich with colour and scent as numerous camellias, flowering trees and shrubs put on their showy spring display.
Place Dauphine chestnut trees
When the cherry tree blossom has faded, head to the oldest square in Paris, Place Dauphine, for a lovely dose of pink floral splendour. The grove of chestnut trees provides an impressive display of peachy-coloured blooms, which sway in the breeze from the Seine.
Rodin Museum roses
This elegant museum is a year-round favourite but a visit between mid-May and the end of summer presents a glorious rose garden that frames Rodin’s famous sculptures, including ‘The Thinker’. Wander among the fragrant flowers at your leisure, admiring the master’s iconic works as you go. An interlude at the quiet café completes a perfect afternoon.
Cherry blossom and the Eiffel Tower – what could be more romantic? In April and May, The Jardin du Trocadero offers unbeatable views and photo opportunities of the landmark, surrounded by fluffy pink cherry blossom and other ornamental trees.
Against the background of the famous buildings of the Louvre, floral borders of tulips, daffodils and pansies form a graceful carpet under purple Judas trees around mid-April. Grab a chair and rest by the fountain to make the most of the warm spring sunshine.
The original palace hotel in the heart of historic Paris, Le Meurice with its splendid newly-restored rooms and suites is the very epitome of quiet elegance and is alive with the artist's soul of wit and magic.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
True to its extraordinary city, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is no ordinary hotel. Here, on the prestigious avenue Montaigne, the tree-lined boulevard of French fashion, our hotel proudly offers guests the very best of Paris.
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