Travel is a luxury. Period. But it is the one luxury that I would work my rear end off again and again in order to afford. While it is nice to ride up front in the plane, where the oxygen levels and personal space make for a far more comfortable trip, if the opportunity to hit Paris and Venice comes up because you find a darned good fare for a perfectly decent seat, we (MM, Mrs. MM and the Teen) are so there. Such was the case on this recent trip to Europe and our first stop was Paris. Springtime in Paris is often characterized by showers and grey drizzle; but in our case, we were fortunate to have four days of clear blue skies and cool to warm weather. I was pleased to see some rose bushes and other flowers in parks and balconies of homes, but most Parisian parks are rather anal retentive and planted with greens rather than bursting with blooms. But that’s okay, since cut flowers were everywhere. On an early walk down a quaint street we ran across this shop which had placed tin buckets filled with roses out on the sidewalk. It was simple and beautiful. And yes, we were thrilled to be in Paris.
The roses were abloom in the small garden behind the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Young leaves had sprouted on all of the trees, including this one at the foot of the Eiffel Tower (which looks much better from afar than right up close).
Peonies were plentiful and exuberant and lush as can be in colors ranging from white to light and very dark pink.
Day old roses were elegant despite being on the verge of being unsalable.
The range of colors of roses on offer at the flower stalls in the Place
Madeliene Madeleine was spectacular.
Buckets and buckets of flowers on offer…
…hyacinths, peonies, queen anne’s lace, lilies…
…and many I didn’t even know the names of.
Fresh flowers piled high on a cart, ready to be delivered to a neighborhood florist.
And somehow the special quality of Parisian sunlight made even unusual color combinations seem surprisingly simple…
…and yet so appropriate.
And finally, an unusual shade of pink lilies. The flowers in Paris were stunning. The variety and color range impressive. I didn’t bother to ask the prices of any blooms but it sure would have been nice to have a large vase in one’s hotel room filled with a selection of blooms to bring a bit of the Spring indoors!
Photos 2 and 3 taken by the Teen.