Cool Weekend Getaways: Paris
Each season has its special charm in the City of Love and all will agree that spring may be more than any other – and it is a wonderful time to explore Paris. Just wander beneath its peaceful blue skies and lost in the culture, history and picturesque scenery around. Paris is a paradise for culture buffs, with a lot of world-class museums, art galleries and cultural events, literary cafes and the storied boulevards that retains all the charm and romance of the twenties. Let’s take a look at some of the most alluring attractions that you can explore while in Paris on a weekend.
Galleries and Museums
Late at night and free of charge various art centers and galleries across the city open so that locals and visitors can enjoy culture in a wonderful way. The city celebrates the night of museums, a cultural event that allows nighttime revelers to visit some of the great museums. Exploring the city’s collection of parks is also a great chance to learn about its history. Paris prides itself on a superb variety of green spaces where you can indulge in all sorts of outdoor entertainment such as stroll, picnic, and discover some of the most spectacular landscaped gardens in the world.
UNESCO-listed Viennese Coffee House Culture described as an activity that goes around a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill” and the Parisian café terrace culture is the few things in the world can compete with the Café culture in Paris. The sidewalk cafes in Paris with sophisticated décor and magnificent views give the feeling of relaxation and play an essential role in the city’s social life and culture. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy a full swim – no big crowds, but just the buzz to live up the atmosphere.
Spring is the great time to explore the Markets in Paris; they are brimming with everything from food and antiques. Some of the finest markets include Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, Marche Paul Bert, Les Puces de Montreuil and Marche de Porte de Vanves. French capital offers an excellent variety of permanent, weekly, covered or outdoor fairs, whether you are looking for fresh garden produce, vintage goods or just want to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Villette Sonique is one of the most exciting festivals in Paris; it was founded in 2003 as a two-day music event and brings thousands of rock, indie, and electronic music enthusiasts in the Pare de la Villette every year. For five crazy days, visitors have the opportunity to indulge in some excellent live tunes performed by famous underground bands and independent artists. It offers a plethora of interesting activities such as workshops, meetings, and child-friendly music fairs.
During Easter, most of the parks and gardens in and around the city organize large-scale egg hunts and other fun activities for your kids, making Easter a wonderful time for families to visit Paris. In the fresh spring air, the city brims with fantastic locations for alfresco meals, from canals to gardens to desire spots in the shadows of monuments.