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Trip Report We love Paris in the springtime! A March weekend.

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We took a long weekend in Paris at the end of March. We escaped the Cape during a blizzard with gale force winds and flew to Paris via London Heathrow. It was GLORIOUS in Paris. Spring had completely sprung with flowers and trees blooming everywhere. I had brought a lined raincoat and never wore it!! I even wore sandals one day.

We have been to Paris numerous times so we didn’t have plans to visit the top tourist sites. This was a weekend for relaxation and to visit with friends who were in Paris for a long period.

I am not going to go through our whole weekend step by step but I have a few things I would like to mention.

1. Following a recommendation by welltraveledbrit we took the Underground Paris Street Art tour. We are not really tour people but this one was a lot of fun. Very interesting and provided an introduction to areas of Paris we don’t normally go. It was well worth the time and expense. My favorite part was when I noticed one of the pieces of street art high on a wall in the 5th. http://undergroundparis.org/street-art-tours-paris

2. Take busses!! They give you a great view of Paris. Usually I walk around the neighborhood where we stay and look for bus signs. Then I know what busses I need to get home when we are out and about and my feet are killing me. Use RATP.fr to plan for bus routes. Also remember that your carnet is good for 90 minutes so if you pop off the bus to get a look at something or stop in a shop you can use it for the remainder of the trip.

3. Buy tickets for exhibits you want to see in advance when you can. We wanted to see the exhibit at the Musee Marmottan and had an hour and half to do it in. When we got the block before the museum there was a line around the corner. No exhibit for us- c’est domage!!

4. Be aware of seasonal produce and order or buy where available. The menus this trip were all about scallops, asparagus and strawberries. THE BEST strawberries were a small container of small strawberries we bought at the Richard Lenoir market for 3.5 euros. They perfumed our hotel room with their fragrance. I tucked the container in my carryon for us to eat on the plan. That little dog in Logan Airport smelled them too but luckily we ate them before we landed.

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