Cherry Blossoms in Paris

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

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.

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

The trees beautifully frame one of the rose windows of the cathedral.

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

 

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

When the petals fall, for a day or two, the ground becomes covered in pink “snow.”

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

I took a copy of the book to visit my trees on the cover. :)

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Sweet, poetic images are everywhere, like these delicate blossoms on the vintage bench.

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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.

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Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

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.

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Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Some other locations around the city for Kwanzan cherry blossoms.

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This one is Square Gabriel Pierné, a charming and peaceful spot where the benches are in the form of open books.

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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!

Cherry Blossoms at Parc de Sceaux by Georgianna Lane

Be sure to visit the previous posts in this series, Magnolias in Paris, and Magnolias in Paris, Part II. The next post will feature wisteria in Paris!

For all my recommendations on blooming in Paris, pick up a copy of Paris in Bloom! Stockists are listed here for all countries.

Wishing you each a beautiful weekend!

À bientôt!

xx

G

Magnolias in Paris

Magnolias in Paris by Georgianna Lane

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.

Palais Royal in spring by Georgianna Lane

Palais Royal in spring by Georgianna Lane

Palais Royal in spring by Georgianna Lane

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.

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Palais Royal, Paris, in spring by Georgianna Lane

Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane at the Palais Royal, Paris, in Spring

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.

Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane at Cafe Kitsune, Paris

Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane at Cafe Kitsune, Palais Royal, Paris

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!

Magnolias at Palais Royal, Paris, by Georgianna Lane

À bientôt!

xo

G

p.s. Paris in Bloom is now available worldwide! See here for stockists and also where you can purchase signed copies.

Creative Storytelling Photography Workshop in Italy

Carla Coulson Creative Storytelling Workshop

Dear Friends, No, I’m not journeying in southern Italy, photographing the most gorgeous doors and windows to be found anywhere (sigh!).

These stunning images are the work of my dear friend –  the inspiring, creative and hugely successful photographer Carla Coulson. I hope you are all familiar with her work and generous, passionate spirit – she has been an irreplaceable influence in my life and career.

And if you’ve ever dreamed about learning travel photography from a top pro, in a breathtakingly romantic location, I have wonderful news for you: Carla has two places left for her upcoming Creative Storytelling Travel Photography Workshop in Puglia, Italy, taking place June 10-17, 2017. I would be thrilled for you to embrace this opportunity!

Carla Coulson Creative Storytelling Workshop

In this workshop, surrounded by stunning scenery and centuries-old charm, you’ll learn, under Carla’s expert guidance, how to take photos with heart, photos that make people stop in their tracks, photos that capture the stories of life that are all around us.

Carla Coulson Creative Storytelling Workshop

I can say with certainly that working with Carla will change your life, your photography, your creativity and your enthusiasm for the world. Read all about the workshop here and take the leap to a whole new level of photography and creative passion. (AND, it’s Italy!!)

Carla Coulson Creative Storytelling Workshop

Read all the details and sign up here!

Ciao!!

xo

G

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