…When you can eat ice cream outside and actually, perhaps for the first time, really enjoy the coldness. Maybe you even have to hurry up a bit since the ice cream is melting.
…When you wake up and it’s light outside. And if you’re lucky, the sun might even be shining! It’s a true delight when you don’t have to take that walk to the metro in complete darkness.
…When people are starting to gather along the Seine, just to sit and enjoy themselves. To soak up the very first, warm rays of sunshine. It can’t possible get any more Paris than this during springtime.
…When the early-evening hours are almost as bright as late afternoon. When you can still feel the warmth in the air past 5pm, so you don’t have to hurry back home because your fingers are freezing to death.
…When every outdoor table of every bistro, café and restaurant in the city is completely full, packed with people enjoying their first meal outside in the sun. Even though it’s a pain not being able to get a table when you want to, I can still be happy about the fact that people are sitting outside!
…When you see that even the Parisians are baring their legs, daring to wear that first dress, skirt or even just an open shoe. When you see people layering less, and perhaps even wildly removing a scarf, pair of gloves or (gasp) a jacket.
…When all the balconies, windows and gardens in Paris fill up overnight with new plants and flowers. I love to see the green taking over more and more of the city.
…When the new items, for the warmer season that’s approaching, start dominating the display windows in every store. Skirts, sandals, dresses and spring jackets – here we come!
…When all the green “boxes” along the Seine open up and the old bouquinistes take their places, waiting for the tourists to nibble on their bait.
…When you can sit outside in the sun – reading a book, getting some work done or just relaxing by yourself — and feel like it’s actually warming you up. Maybe you even have to unbutton your coat (or even better, take it off completely)…
Written by Carin Olsson for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Carin Olsson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in London, Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in.