Friday, March 7, 2014

In Paris: A Cold Day In The Luxembourg Gardens

Happy Friday, everyone! Any fun plans? Winter just won't go away, but I'm determined to take a page out of my Paris files and go outside to play regardless of the weather.

The Saturday afternoon I strolled through the Jardin du Luxembourg was so cold, even the statues looked chilled.

The trees had been bare for months and no flowers bloomed in the urns...

But that didn't stop Parisians from making the most of a day in the park. They lounged in the garden chairs, rode ponies and sailed boats as if it was June - they just bundled up a bit more.

Even the ducks got out for a swim.

And of course, since this is Paris, flowers and signs of spring braved the cold, too.

Thank goodness you can warm up post walk with to die for chocolat chaud deliciousnsess from Angelina at the Musée du Luxembourg.  

If only something this yummy waited at the end of the cross country ski trails! 

Happy Weekend, everyone! Hope you get out for some adventures no matter what the weather dishes up! XO


  1. Jeanne,
    I adore the Winter months. It gives me great pause to find the peace of nature resting or hibernating. Very soon, we shall be graced with a stylish show of blooms and each year I shake my head in awe of the "greening up" as my Grandmother Elizabeth would say. Each Spring, we have the opportunity to feel renewed, shed our cloak of Winter and embrace the warmth and daily magic right before our eyes.
    We still have huge mounds of snow that are trying to hang on. My Mother-in-law has an old wives tale that the piles of snow that linger mean there is more to come.
    March, in like a lion - out like a lamb.
    Your photos are so gorgeous. Thank-you for sharing.

    1. Thanks Patricia! I love watching the tree outside my kitchen window and anticipating the moment it will burst into bloom. "Greening up" is such a wonderful turn of phrase to describe this time of year, I would like to borrow it from your Grandmother Elizabeth.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend watching those mounds of snow slowly disappear and enjoying the anticipation in these last days of winter!


  2. Ahhhhh this brings back fond memories then i saw your latte from Angelina....we had many coffee breaks there and that is where i made my observations about how the French interact with one another, I did so with total awe, not a cell phone in sight, it was all about the person sitting across from them, and it was admirable. I LOVED not seeing any cell phones!!!! No matter how cold or how gray, Paris is total perfection any day any time. Keep those highlights coming and hope you have a wonderful (and hopefully warmer) weekend!!

    1. Glad you are enjoying the photos, Tina. I took over a thousand, so we may have enough for blog visits to Paris until I get to actually travel there again.
      Such a lovely observation about how the French interact around the table - I love how they make the sharing of a meal and event!

      Hope you have a beautiful weekend! XOXO

  3. Oooooooooooh - I'll meet you at Angelina... say in a few! yummm and what lovelies in this post... I think I will just sit and visit a while longer! Thanks so much. Have a wonderful (and warm) weekend.

    1. What a lovely idea, Jalon! Something sweet from Angelina would hit the spot right now. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too! XOXO

  4. There's nothing better than the hot chocolate at Angelina - we can still remember the creamy, chocolaty smoothness and the way it warmed us from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes. The only thing comparable in VT is the Belgian waffle hut at the bottom of the slopes. Hope the sun will shine in your neighborhood this weekend!
    C + C

    1. I practically climbed into my cup and swam around, it was soooo delicious. Hope you ladies get some sunshine, too, after this long, cold winter. Have a beautiful weekend! XOXO

  5. loving your paris pics! i enjoyed spending time here and recall some great people watching. (i sneaked photos of a very chic mature woman reclining on a bench). chocolat chaud, oui s'il vous plait.




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