Spring is an undeniably beautiful phenomenon, especially when you live in Paris. After the long, overcast winter the sun finally shines, the flowers burst open in color and the city-dwellers stroll Paris' many parks feeling a little… lighter. As I learned this spring, there's nothing like feeling sun on your face after enduring months of living under eternally overcast skies.

The only problem with the Parisian spring is that it goes as fast as it comes. As I write this I know that spring is essentially over and a new season is already upon us. But there's nothing wrong with a little reminiscing, right?

Never one to miss out on a balmy Saturday, I called Edna to meet up at the Jardin du Luxembourg, the much-photographed left-bank park located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.




For better or for worse, Jardin du Luxembourg is the most quintessentially Parisian park. From the “pelouse interdite” (French for “keep off the grass”) to the passerbys griping about the atrocious Montparnasse Tower (the sky-scraping eyesore pictured below at right), this park is as Parisian as they come.

Paris Edna May

And although it's a touch snooty for my taste, it's awash in a refined sort of charm, from the pristine tulip beds to the children racing model boats in the fountain.


Can you spot the Eiffel Tower peeking out from above the trees?


Paris Edna May1

Being as this was an Ashley and Edna outing, there was naturally delicious food involved. Eats of the day included still-warm baguette, cold Breton cider (brut, of course) and the best rotisserie chicken of our lives.

Paris Edna May2

I ♥ impromptu Parisian picnics.




It's the little moments like this I will remember from my time in Paris – talking with a friend under the palm trees in the Jardin du Luxembourg, drinking cider and watching the shadows grow long.

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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