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Paris in Spring: Blast from the Past

Paris in Spring

Paris in Spring

The second in my series of blast from the past posts will be on Paris. I first visited Paris in Spring in February 2008, partly to see Ireland play France in rugby. I made it back to Paris, again for a rugby match, in March 2014 and also celebrated St Patrick’s Day with my couchsurfing host.

On both of these trips I was able to enjoy fantastic weather, especially in 2014 when it was over 20 degrees! “It’s not usually this nice at this time of year”, I was constantly told. Maybe I just had a lot of good luck on both trips!?

 

Le Relais Gascon restaurant in Montmartre. MASSIVE salads here

Le Relais Gascon restaurant in Montmartre. MASSIVE salads here

 

The tomb of Oscar Wilde in Père Lachaise Cemetery

The tomb of Oscar Wilde in Père Lachaise Cemetery

 

The tomb of Oscar Wilde in Père Lachaise Cemetery

The tomb of Oscar Wilde in Père Lachaise Cemetery

 

Random cobblestone street

Random cobblestone street

 

Cool and old style English bookshop

Cool and old style English bookshop

 

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

 

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont - the sky has not been edited

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont – the sky has not been edited

 

Random small square at about 8am - great weather!

Random small square at about 8am – great weather!

 

Le Rugby

Le Rugby

 

The 'Love Wall' with 'I love you' written in many languages

The ‘Love Wall’ with ‘I love you’ written in many languages

 

The ubiquitous metro station shot ;)

The ubiquitous metro station shot 😉

 

Looking down the side steps at Sacre Coeur

Looking down the side steps at Sacre Coeur

 

The Eiffel Tower, but you already knew that. Go early to beat the queues

The Eiffel Tower, but you already knew that. Go early to beat the queues

 

Looking out from the Eiffel Tower

Looking out from the Eiffel Tower

 

Reminiscing

When you think of Paris, the obvious thing that comes to mind is the Eiffel Tower. While I am not saying not to go, my advice would be not to spend time going up unless you get there early in the day. The queues can get very long and you wait for a long time and of course when you do climb the tower, you can no longer see the one thing that everyone thinks about when they think of Paris!

For me, the area in Montmartre near Sacre Coeur is much better. If you manage to have great weather like I did, then you can view Paris with a picnic and some drinks while watching the sunset over the city.

Springtime in Paris is a bit of a cliche, but I had a great time on both of my trips. As you can see from the photos, I was definitely spoiled with the weather. It was a much different story at the same time of year in 2012! Ireland got hammered in 2008 but won in 2014 by the way. Allez les verts!

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Mel Butler
    November 15, 2017 at 18:18

    I just love Paris it is so magical there 🙂 I can see why it is even more magical in Spring with all those lovely colours. It also would have been a lot of fun being there during St Patrick’s Day too…. You photos make me want to get on a train and head there now for a visit

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    Nic
    November 13, 2017 at 02:57

    Love these photos of Paris, reminds me that it has been over 10 years since we visited!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 13, 2017 at 14:06

      Thank you! You are long overdue a return visit I think 😉

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    Amy
    November 10, 2017 at 14:26

    We loved Paris, and visited in June, so were able to walk right up the tower with minimal crowds. We also loved Sacre Coeur, but found it to actually be busier! Such a beautiful city, would love to visit in the spring someday.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 19:00

      Wow that is interesting. Sacre Coeur was very busy for me in the evening when it was warm as people went there to party and have food and drinks 🙂

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    Roaming Roman
    November 10, 2017 at 07:21

    That’s a great time to visit Paris. I lived there from September to December, and it was pretty gloomy and rainy, still I enjoyed it a lot.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:59

      I have been told by a couple of Parisiens that I was very lucky on both my trips. I should go back again

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    Alice Ford
    November 7, 2017 at 03:57

    Great photo of the Church of the Sacred Heart, I agree that there is much more fun to be had in Paris away from the Eiffel Tower. Great photo essay

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:55

      Thank you very much! I think that photo was actually taken with a very basic £30 ebay bought camera

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    Jennifer
    November 6, 2017 at 07:09

    I am not usually a city person, but I fell in love with Paris. The city is beautiful and has a great energy. We only had rain one day, so it sounds like we were lucky too.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:54

      I am the same really. London didn’t interested me at all in my visits there but Paris does. There is certainly something about the place

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    Tom
    November 6, 2017 at 01:40

    Yes, you were lucky with the weather. I don’t think most people realize how crappy the weather is in Paris so much of the time. Grey, rain, sunless, much of the time. You must have pleased the gods to get good weather both times.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:53

      Haha I think you are right!

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    amit
    November 5, 2017 at 14:00

    Really love your pictures, you really bring out bits of Paris to life. My brother travels to Paris a lot, he can’t get enough of it, he always no two times have been the same, there’s just so much to explore. Spring time in Paris would be an amazing time to visit 😀

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:52

      Thank you very much! I think your brother is correct, my two times in Paris have both been different, with the exception of rugby matches! At least Ireland won the 2nd time!

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    Dada
    November 5, 2017 at 12:24

    What a great blog serie! I wish to do one myself from my travels from the pass especially the ones from our backpacking tours in SEA in 2011 or my interrailing month in Europe in 2003 but I have like zero photos or documentation.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:47

      Thank you very much! Oh that is a shame. Perhaps there are ‘stock’ photos that you could use and describe your experiences?

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    Jennifer
    August 12, 2017 at 21:52

    Paris is such a great city at any time of year, but I can imagine the liveliness that comes with spring. Beautiful photos here. It makes me want to go back:)

    • Damien
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      Damien
      August 15, 2017 at 13:09

      Thank you very much! I have the same thoughts when I see photos of it as well!

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