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Celebrate the Coming of Spring in Paris

As the days get longer, blooms start to appear in the gardens of Paris, the river banks burst into life and pavement cafés throng with locals – it’s a charming time to visit the City of Light.
The Eiffel Tower, seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe

Paris in springtime



Bordered by shaded, leafy towpaths, the charming Canal Saint-Martin (saved by local residents who rallied against plans to concrete it over) is a tranquil place to stroll, cycle or take a boat trip along. Old swing-bridges pivot to let boats pass through, offbeat boutiques line the way and there’s a bevy of interesting cafés and bars to pop into.

Napoleon ordered the digging of the Canal Saint-Martin in 1802
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