The Good Life France Magazine

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Spring 2022

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Basilica of Sacré-Coeur

Basilica of Sacré-Coeur at sunset the pleasure boats float on the Seine beneath the bridges and alongside famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower, the Conciergerie, the Musée d’Orsée. When the spring rain falls, people say, oh but the chestnut trees smell better in the rain. The sun rises a little earlier each morning, twilight arrives a little later each night and the sunsets glow every shade of rosiness from pale salmon to burned-orange, turning the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur from pure white to blush pink. At the flower market in the shadow of the great Cathedral of Notre-Dame, old ladies wander through the Belle Epoque kiosks choosing pots of flowers to decorate their windowsills and balconies with daffodils, lily of the valley, miniature roses and geraniums. The sellers at the market rediscover their dormant joie de vivre, their fingers no longer turning purple-blue with the cold, and in rue Mouffetard, the fruit sellers lay out bunches 10 | The Good Life France

of asparagus and sweet strawberries tempting buyers to enjoy the taste of spring. The public parks and secret gardens burst into colour as flowerbeds bloom, and strollers take a break on the famous green chairs. Puppet shows, guignol, return and in the Luxembourg Gardens, starry-eyed children sail wooden boats across the Grand Basin. Close by, flowers flourish in great pots around the Medici fountain which was commissioned by Marie de Medici, Queen of France, in about 1630. The bouquinistes open their book boxes along the Seine and bring out their piles of posters and books. The sun shines through stained glass windows of churches casting a kaleidoscope of colours inside the cool interiors. The famous green chairs you see in Paris parks were originally commissioned by the Paris Senate, Sénat, and are known as SENAT chairs. They first appeared in the Luxembourg gardens, and though you can’t buy SENAT chairs (they are exclusive to Paris), you can buy similar – Luxembourg chairs! The Good Life France | 11