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April in Paris
Let me first apologize for being away for a while. It seems that bronchitis doesn't care about Paris, nor work schedules, nor blogs. This year there has been an awful respiratory virus making the rounds. For those of us who were unlucky enough to catch it, the recovery time has been about a month. I might have been thinking about Paris and wanting to write, but even after 3 weeks, I was too miserable. Although a month has passed, I'm still battling a persistent cough on occasion. Since spring has sprung, the pollen has come with a vengeance this year and it's even affecting those of us with almost no allergies at all. It's not very pleasant when you're just starting to recover from a month of uncontrollable coughing. I hope it's a sign that we're in for a very colorful spring. Perhaps it will make up for the fog of pollen we're having to live with.
The start of April is never dependably the same in Paris. It can be warm and comfortable with short sleeves and picnics showing-up around the city. On the other hand, it can be rainy and chilly for days on end. Occasionally April will begin with snow flurries and damp, biting cold. There is no way to predict which kind of weather will usher spring into Paris, but you can be certain that the middle and end of April will be phenomenal. This year has seen a breezy, uncomfortably cool and wet start to spring. The long term forecast is for the cold days to continue for a couple of weeks, but all the while, the tulips will start blooming, the shrubs will bud and the plane trees will begin to blossom. There is nothing that I can think of that is quite like Paris in the spring.
plane trees. photo courtesy ParisSharing on Flickr commons cc rights reserved
Plane trees. Photo courtesy ParisSharing on Flickr commons cc rights reserved
It may be cool and not very conducive to hanging out in the park, but in the next couple of weeks, it will suddenly be a different world. The sidewalk tables in front of the bistros will be full of smiling, chatty Parisians and tourists who were unable to resist a glass of wine in the warm spring sunlight. The city will be so fresh and the people seem so buoyant that nobody will even think about how soon the summer will be here with its stifling heat and humidity. By the end of April, the snow will be gone and the days longer and very comfortable. The urge to get home quickly and hibernate from the cold will be gone till next winter. There is just too much to do in Paris, and thank goodness the weather will soon be perfect for it and demanding our participation. Mimi
popies blooming. Photo courtesy ParisSharing on Flickr commons. cc rights reserved