Bonjour à Nouveau, Paris

Spring flowers in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Ah, Paris — we meet again.

My previous visits were in March 1991 and January 2004, and I’d dearly missed the City of Light, pain au chocolat and tiny dogs.

Happily, I’ve just spent a glorious weekend there, and am pleased to report that Paris is still an elegant sweep of romance, carved stone and butter-laced deliciousness.

And perhaps it’s even more lovely with acres of flowers, and gleaming green leaves on the trees.

Thanks, April.

Lovers kissing by the Grand Palais

A simple bed of flowers on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Side door of the Grand Palais, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Cakes rimmed with macarons at a boulangerie on the Rue Mermoz, near the Champs-Élysées

The 1904 Felix Potin store on the Rue de Rennes, designed by Art Nouveau-era architect Paul Ascher, is my favorite building in Paris

Mosaic details on the old Felix Potin store on the Rue de Rennes

Art nouveau mosaics on a doorway on the Boulevard de Montparnasse

The Kléber station for the Paris Metro, near the Arc de Triomphe

Travels With Two Smart Cars -- in Paris

A week before the 2012 election for a new French president, tensions ran high between Hollande and Sarkozy

La Sorbonne in springtime, in the Latin Quarter of Paris

Au Chien Qui Fume (The Smoking Dog) near the Boulevard de Montparnasse, where I tried Provencal rosé for the first time -- and finally understood why people love this pale, delicate, ever-so-slightly sweet wine

As you walk by Le Dome (on the Boulevard de Montparnasse), the restaurant seems to whisper "Paris"

A Korean bride and groom -- and the Eiffel Tower -- seen on/from the Place du Trocadero

On a sunny day in spring, give me a park bench by the Trocadero Carousel, with a view of the Eiffel Tower

Enroute to the Jardin du Luxembourg, looked up and saw the gorgeous Arab Institute

The Jardin du Grandes Explorateurs, just before the Jardin du Luxembourg, celebrates the spirit of world travel

Towards the back of the Jardin du Luxembourg, this happens

I fell in love with the vines on this building in the Marais, on the Rue des Archives

The Marais neighborhood is home to a small but strong community of Orthodox Jews

Flower stall in Le Marche des Enfants Rouges, a small, lovely market in the Marais

Jardin des Tuileries: stone carvings, spring flowers and the Louvre

This was my third time visiting the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel beside the Louvre, but the first time I looked up

Soaring interior of the Pantheon, a former church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris

There's a scale model of the the Pantheon

Ever dreamed of having an artist's studio in Paris? There's one for sale just down the street from the Pantheon

I tried café crème for the first time on this trip (like cappuccino without the foam), and declare it delicious

Holy meringues, Batman: saw these beauties in the window of a salon de thé near Notre Dame

Some things, you just have to have: a hazelnut meringue for me, a lemon tart for my friend Christine

Quite possibly the world's most spectacular wisteria, found along a narrow backstreet on the Île Saint-Louis

The back of Notre Dame has a lovely flower garden in spring

Iron, glass and gilt detail on the Pont Alexandre III

The Seine and the Eiffel Tower from the Pont Alexandre III (*sigh*)

Bon nuit, Paris -- until we meet again


  1. Andrea Travis says:

    Wonderful photos, Melanie! The pics are getting me even more excited about my upcoming trip!! And by the way, thanks so much for visiting me back in March ’91 while I was studying in Paris!! Fun and memorable times. Enjoy the rest of your adventures in Europe. Xoxo

  2. Oh how I miss Paris. Thanks for taking me back with this tour!

  3. You had me at “tiny dogs”. 🙂

    Love the pics!

  4. Wow, you covered a lot of ground! Gorgeous photos.

  5. So happy to see all your fab Paris pics Melanie. I’m missing my Cafe creme, lemon tarts and the charming Ile St. Louis. Hope you ladies are having a blast 🙂

  6. Awwww…my heart is aching for Paris NOW! I miss this city…Saw her in ’89, ’95, ’96, ’04, ’09 — at very different stages in my life. As a teenager, as a single female, as a wife, and as a mother!!! Loved it there every time!

  7. I miss Paris so much. Thnx for this rememberance….Hopefully to go in a near future again….

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