I love Paris in the springtime…

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A sunny spring Sunday in the Marais, Paris.

After two mostly rainy days in Épernay, we returned to find a gloriously sunny Paris. It was even warm enough that I was finally able to shed my down coat during the daytime.

A sunny spring day in Paris

Susan B. in Tuileries on sunny day in Paris.

My long jacket is several years old. The lightweight striped sweater is from Comptoir des Cotonniers (more about this French brand soon). Similar items in the widget above, just click on the images to shop.

I wanted to do a bit of retail reconnaissance for you (look for a post soon) so we started out in the Marais, where most of the shops are open on Sundays. In other parts of Paris, it’s hit and miss.

Easter decorations on rue St. Honore, Paris.

Paris is in full “Paques” (Easter) mode. It was Palm Sunday so the churches were lively.

Chocolate eggs painted like Monet's water lilies, Paris.

Chocolate eggs painted inside like Monet’s water lilies…

Springtime in Paris: a sunny Sunday in Place des Vosges, Paris.

The parks were packed too! Everyone was out enjoying the sunshine. Above, Place des Vosges in the Marais. The light through the new green leaves is just magical!

Looking across the Seine toward left bank, Paris.

The Marais was so crowded that after a couple of hours we’d had enough and headed over to my favorite area, St. Germain. It was also busy, but not quite as cheek-to-jowl. We’re still masking in stores and in crowded spaces.

Susan B. strolling in St. Germain, Paris.
Susan B. walking along wall with Bateau Ivre poem by Rimbaud.

After dinner at one of our favorites, le Comptoir, we walked back along the Seine to our apartment …

Looking across the Seine toward the Louvre at night, Paris.
Musée d'Orsay clock at night with moon, Paris.

Stopping for a few minutes to enjoy our favorite light show…

Eiffel Tower sparkling lights, Paris.

All in all, just about a perfect Paris day.

For those of you asking about restaurants and accommodations, I’ll be sharing a list of our favorites at the end of our trip. You can also read more about the hotels where we’ve stayed (and recommend) HERE.

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