Paris is always a good idea. ~ Audrey Hepburn
Naturally, I’m with Audrey on this subject, and springtime is one of the very best seasons of Paris. Step down through the Jardins du Trocadéro toward the Eiffel Tower, and all of the paths are lined with vivid floral bouquets. Choose a bench along the Champ de Mars and enjoy the blaze of tulips and rose arbors and bright purple iris. No doubt you can watch a busy game of petanque, while you are taking in the other sights.
Throughout the city, the onset of sunny days signals the rebuff of winter. Flowers seem to decorate every corner, sneaking away from the well-manicured beds in the Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Plantes. Even the restaurants along the broad and busy Champs Élysées set out colorful boxes of bright yellow daffodils to their appealing entries.
Step along the intimate little lanes of Ile Saint-Louis, and you’ll find the tiniest spaces devoted to flowers – even the grande globe of a hydrangea looks over a bicycle propped against the wall. And just up there on the right is one of the most famous of all Parisian fleuristes – Patrick Allain.
Yes, Paris indeed is always a good idea, and the flowers simply add to everything else that makes Paris one of the most beguiling and beautiful cities in the world.
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