I’ll never forget my first trip to Paris, back in the Spring of 2010.
This was before I started working for The International Kitchen, back when I plotted all my trips by myself. I printed off maps left and right. I studied maps of the metro and learned how to navigate before we even touched down at Charles de Gaulle airport.
And then my husband (then boyfriend) and I arrived, took the train into the city, and my breath was taken away… The very first thing we did after arriving? We stopped at a local boulangerie, bought a baguette, and walked down to the Seine. We soaked it all in, and in that moment, a love affair with this grand, historic city was born.
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March was a wonderful time to go. While still a bit on the cooler side, there were hardly any tourists — even on the day we went to Versailles! (That said, I’ve since learned Thursday is one of the least-crowded days to visit the stunning royal chateau). We spent most of our time wandering the streets, finding hidden gems, stopping at a new cafe each day for un café and a baguette — and some people watching, and even more people watching in the many gardens.
In early March the gardens weren’t yet in bloom (April is a better time to see the flowers), but the gardens were still wonderful… we spent more than our fair share of time sitting on park benches or chairs — yes places like the Luxembourg garden had chairs! — snacking on a macaron, enjoying the sunshine, and watching as the kids raced boats in the fountain.
Of course a trip to Paris isn’t complete with at least a stop at the Eiffel Tower, and it also makes the perfect place for a picnic. We grabbed a few items from the local market, and enjoyed the awe-inspiring view while we enjoyed our lunch. And if you haven’t already guessed, food was a big part of our trip to Paris — if only I had known about cooking vacations and cooking classes back then! Even though it was just starting to warm up, we enjoyed a few meals al fresco in covered terraces — some restaurants even supplied blankets! (Again, this is March we’re talking about… Spring really comes to life in April!)
Let’s be honest. Paris is a magnificent city any time of year, but with my first visit to Paris being in the Springtime, it holds an extra special place in my heart.
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