Bonjour, dear friends! This newest report on spring in Paris features the beautiful Kwanzan cherry trees, which are becoming more and more popular throughout the city. The season was very early this year and sadly, the blossoms are nearly gone but I wanted to share with you a tour of some of the beauty of the last few weeks. This first location, Square Jean XXIII at Notre Dame, is one I’ve shared before and is featured on the cover of my book, Paris in Bloom.
The trees beautifully frame one of the rose windows of the cathedral.
When the petals fall, for a day or two, the ground becomes covered in pink “snow.”
I took a copy of the book to visit my trees on the cover. :)
Sweet, poetic images are everywhere, like these delicate blossoms on the vintage bench.
Across the street from Notre Dame is the famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. I’m thrilled that my book is for sale here! The tiny square in front of the store has several fairly young cherry trees that add even more romance to the setting.
And through the misty blossoms, you can see the towers of Notre Dame and hear the bells chime on the hour, a magic and unforgettable memory.
Some other locations around the city for Kwanzan cherry blossoms.
This one is Square Gabriel Pierné, a charming and peaceful spot where the benches are in the form of open books.
And lastly, just 20 minutes by train from Paris, lies the darling village of Sceaux and its magnificent Chateau. The massive gardens feature a magnificent orchard of Kwanzan cherry trees which is beyond breathtaking. I was fortunate to visit last year when the blossoms were at their peak. But due to space, the images did not appear in Paris in Bloom.
Therefore, I’m very pleased to share with you a free 32-page e-book that I created to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of this enchanting park. To receive your copy, simply click here and download the PDF. I hope you enjoy it!
Wishing you each a beautiful weekend!
Blooming magnolias are one of the first heralds of spring. In Paris, they arrive with flair and drama and are the most welcome antidote to a long winter. At the Palais Royal, my favorite garden in the city, Magnolia liliiflora sprinkle the view with bright magenta petals that contrast so beautifully with the neutral architecture and stark, still bare, trees. Yellow and white narcissus brighten the beds and compliment the curved green benches.
The Palais Royal is featured in my new book, Paris in Bloom, so David and I took a copy along one early morning recently to photograph at the wonderful Buren Columns adjacent to the garden. The bold black and white columns are a stylish accent to the fuchsia trees.
After strolling the garden, Café Kitsuné is a popular spot on the edge to warm up with lattes and do a bit of people watching.
When planning your springtime visit to Paris, I hope you include the Palais Royal in late March. This tranquil and peaceful location is the place I adore most of all. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Hello, dear friends! My new book, Paris in Bloom, releases in just a few weeks! I’m bringing you a sneak peek and sharing some very exciting news. My publisher and I have been working behind the scenes and I can now announce that every person that pre-orders Paris in Bloom before March 14 will receive an exclusive 8×10 gift print, signed by me, of this previously unreleased image:
I love this image as it conjures up a perfect spring day in Paris but it didn’t make in the final book due to space (I submitted too many photos!). However, I am so happy to be able to give it away to you now! There are no plans to release this as a print in my shops so this will be the only opportunity to own it. AND you’ll also receive an autographed ex libris book plate to place in the front of your book.
Already pre-ordered? Thank you! Just fill out the form with proof of purchase and you’ll receive your print and book plate.
And now for the sneak peek!
So much more inside the pages of the book! When I was creating it, I imagined taking all of you on a wonderful tour of my favorite floral destinations in Paris.
I can’t thank you enough for all your support and encouragement throughout the years! I’ll be signing prints to get them ready to send out to you. I can’t wait for you to see the book and receive your print and book plate!