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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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2 Comments

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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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