Spring. It’s like someone turned the lights on. The grass is green and long. The smell of freshly mowed lawns lingers through the air. The flowers are blooming–the tulips are singing!
Spring is a great time to visit the many “marchés” (open air markets) of Paris.
Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market)–at Place Madeleine, or Ile de la cite.
Marché aux Puces (Flea Market) There are a couple of scarily large flea markets in Paris, but the one I prefer is at Porte de Vanves, and there are some really interesting antiques there. It is a quintessential Parisian experience–jolly and convivial sellers mingling with folks. There’s even the occasional accordion player.