Travel Diaries: Springtime In Paris

Paris cafe in The Latin Quarter

I don't need to tell you that Paris in springtime is a magical place. Paris is magical in any season, but with the city in full bloom, the super long days (it didn't get dark until well after 10pm) and perfect weather (not hot and sticky, not rainy and cold), Spring makes for the perfect time to wander the streets endlessly, window shop, eat ice cream in parks and stroll along the river. You can people-watch in street-side cafes for DAYS, picnic by the canal and eat a late dinner on a patio without getting cold. All of which we did. And it was even more magical than I remembered.

The courtyard of our adorable Air BnB in Le Marais.

Paris courtyard

I love the classic Metro signs so much.

Paris metro sign

And the colours of the street-side cafes.

Paris cafe chairs

That balcony.

Paris balcony

And the stunning facades of the Hotel du Petit Moulin.

Hotel du Petit Moulin Paris

Window shopping in Le Marais...

Paris shop window

Flower shop in Paris

Marci cafe in Paris

Merci store in Paris

We ate the best tacos at Candelaria. Go early to avoid the crowds, but if you do have to wait it's well worth it!

Candelaria Paris

Then visit the "hidden" cocktail bar in the back room, where you can spin the little dial in the menu to decide which spirit-based cocktail you want.

Candelaria cocktail bar Paris

We were lucky enough to catch Lord Huron play a sold-out gig at a VERY small club, and it was easily one of the best concerts we've ever been to. If you haven't heard their new album yet, drop everything. 

My peacock pants love Paris.

It was hilarious how few tourists noticed this happening.

We walked by Notre Dame and were floored by the incredible detail.

Visited the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg for the first time.

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

It made for a dreamy stroll.

The quiet streets of the pretty little Isle Saint Louis.

In summer, the cool-kid Parisians love to picnic along the Canal Saint Martin. And for one magical afternoon we got to pretend we were on of them.

And everything was perfect. 

Canal side picnic, Paris

Take me back... 

Leaving Paris wasn't actually so bad this time, because we went from there to CHAMPAGNE. Stay tuned for that post tomorrow...

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