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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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of asparagus and sweet strawberries tempting

buyers to enjoy the taste of spring.

The public parks and secret gardens burst

into colour as flowerbeds bloom, and

strollers take a break on the famous green

chairs. Puppet shows, guignol, return and

in the Luxembourg Gardens, starry-eyed

children sail wooden boats across the Grand

Basin. Close by, flowers flourish in great

pots around the Medici fountain which

was commissioned by Marie de Medici,

Queen of France, in about 1630.

The bouquinistes open their book boxes

along the Seine and bring out their

piles of posters and books. The sun

shines through stained glass windows

of churches casting a kaleidoscope of

colours inside the cool interiors.

The famous green chairs you see in Paris parks were originally commissioned by

the Paris Senate, Sénat, and are known as SENAT chairs. They first appeared

in the Luxembourg gardens, and though you can’t buy SENAT chairs (they are

exclusive to Paris), you can buy similar – Luxembourg chairs!

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