I love Paris in the springtime…

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). Here’s a similar one in Misses / Plus.

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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  1. Love your photos, especially the Easter decorations. Europe does such a magnificent job of highlighting special holidays. The storefronts are a delight.

  2. Beautiful! I haven’t thought about a return visit to Paris in years, but your photos have me feeling a bit nostalgic.

  3. Lovely – Paris and you! Perhaps you are staying in the 7th? The walk along the Seine after dinner back to the apartment we’ve rented (always near the Eiffel Tower) is one of my favorite things to do when I’m there.

    Will you take any street fashion photos? I’d love to see what women ‘of a certain age’ are wearing. I’m thinking now about what to take for summer – going to review what you wore during that Paris trip you took when it was super hot, as I begin in Paris in May and end in Provence in late July.

    I just realized that these posts mean you’re working while on vacation; the life of a travel/fashion blogger, I suppose. Thank you for taking time out of your trip to write to us (or, should I say, write for us).

  4. This is how Paris is supposed to be in spring. Sunlight and tender green leaves. You deserve these wonderful sunny days.

  5. Happy to hear you are having a great trip. We also love Le Comptoir. Great food and a great mix of people.
    One year we stayed at their hotel next door to get a dinner reservation, it had become a place to eat.

  6. Oh, glorious Paris! Thanks for taking time to post some photos, and your recommendations. So fun to see one of my favorite cities!

  7. The wall with the writing on it beside you in your picture…..where is that and what is written…..can’t see enough of it to discern what it says

  8. More than forty years ago I was an au pair for a family who lived in the Marais, it has changed so much! Back then it was beautiful but not a fashionable area, still housing lots of non couture ateliers and lots of students lived there which was great for me. On a Sunday it was very, very quiet as everything was shut except the cafes. When I’m in Paris I always have a nostalgic wander down rue Vieille du Temple which will forever be ‘my street’ but these days I stay up by Rue Oberkampf which has more of the feel that the Marais has lost.