Seasonal Views and Blossoms in Montmartre
Montmartre is gorgeous all year round, however, in spring it has a unique aura and for a few reasons. First of all, with the warmer weather it’s nicer to stroll around, but since the leaves haven’t budded yet, you can enjoy great views that aren’t available the other nine months of the year—especially of the Eiffel Tower. You can admire excellent views of it sitting with your sweetheart on a bench in the Square Nadar (a few steps southwest of Sacré-Coeur), standing on the street above, rue Azais, or in the Place du Calvaire, which is around the corner from Place du Tertre.
It’s also the best time of year for the view of Sacré-Coeur from the end of the Allée des Brouillard and of the Moulin Radet (a favorite subject of Van Gogh) climbing rue Tholozé. You’ll also find blossoms early spring at the bottom of the steps in front of Sacré-Coeur, in the park behind the church, mid spring in the Place Marcel Aymé and later spring, the wisteria on Avenue Junot. After your stroll, carry on enjoying the countryside vibes with a drink in the garden of the Hotel Particulier Montmartre or the stupendous panorama of the city from the rooftop of the Terrass Hotel.
Walking the Former Rails
Various sections of La Petite Ceinture, the former suburban rail lines into Paris, have been converted into attractive walkways and these make for a nice alternative place to stroll from a regular city park. The most famous of these is the Coulée Verte René-Dumont (also known as the Promenade Plantée), which extends from behind the Opera Bastille and all the way to the Bois de Vincennes, either above the elevated rails or on ground level paths. It’s quite sublime in spring when the buds are appearing on the trees and the spring flowers are busting out. However, for something a little different, head to the sections which are found in the 15th arrondissement (access across from 99 rue Olivier de Serres) and the one in the 16th (access at 36 Boulevard de Beauséjour). You’ll cross paths with fewer people on your romantic amble.
Picnic in Parc de Sceaux
Located around a 30-minute train ride from central Paris, the Parc de Sceaux has some of the loveliest cherry blossoms in all of Ile-de-France. The park usually have a special weekend in April dedicated to the blossoms, similar to a Japanese Sakura festival. While this could be fun, it does get crowded, so if you can make it out during the week that’s best. Pack some snacks and a blanket to lay down under a cherry tree-—it’s a beautiful way to enjoy spring and get out of the city!