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Ever seen stock photos of Paris online and found them a little bit too perfect? Chances are, those stock photos were taken at a time when Paris was at its most blooming state: during the springtime months of April and May. This is the best season to enjoy the gardens in Paris, go from one park, museum, and exhibit to another and take in the views only the French capital city can offer.

Here are the surprises that await you in the City of Light...



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Reawakening Paris

While many describe Paris under the winter chills as a sleepy city, those who frequent the capital during the spring season describe a robust reawakening of the majestic metropolis. As March and its winter chills melt away, Paris transforms into a warm and welcoming city where modernity and history thrive. And as marches (flea markets) reopen in the busier neighborhoods and as cafés reintroduce their springtime menu, brace yourself for more reasons to enjoy Paris this month and in the next.

Springtime in Paris does not guarantee you sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons; in fact, the weather will still be unpredictable, but it's definitely better than walking through layers of snowfall or battling low temperatures. Your day might start off sunny (mixed with borderline humid temperatures), but the weather can change in a split second and downpours may be had.

Speaking of reawakening, what would be better way to kick off spring than with a lively display of good health and high spirits? Come 7 April 2013, throngs of marathoners will take the streets as they participate in one of the largest and oldest sports events to date: the Paris Marathon.

The Paris Marathon
7 April 2013 at 8:45 AM
Avenue des Champs-Elysées to Avenue Foch

www.parismarathon.com

This year's Paris Marathon will include two new events: the Breakfast run, a 5-kilometer run aimed primarily at adults and "Marathoon's", its child-friendly counterpart, alongside the usual program.

If you don't consider yourself a runner, visit the Running Expo, instead, which will open at Porte de Versailles.

Three of the most highly anticipated sports events in France are often held during the spring season. Aside from the Paris Marathon, Saut Hermès, a show jumping event, the French Open, and the End of Tour de France are all scheduled to take place from April until July. In fact, if you plan to join (or just watch) any of these sports events, mark them down on your calendar:



Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais
12 April 2013 - 14 April 2013
Nef du Grand Palais




French Open 2013
21 May 2013 - 9 June 2013
Stade Roland Garros




Tour de France Cycle Race 2013
21 July 2013
Avenue des Champs-Elysées





Horseback Riding 101

Join horse riding sessions organized by the Maison Alfort horse riding club or by the UCPA Equestrian Center, this season. One-day to year-long courses are available at the UCPA Equestrian Center with course tickets starting at the cost of € 12 (Sunday classes for basic horseback riding) to € 944 for an annual subscription. Horseback riding classes will either be held in Bois de Vincennes or more specifically, in Polygon Avenue, in the 12 eme.

Horseback Riding-UCPA
Polygon Avenue (Bois de Vincennes)
75012, Paris
www.vincennes.ucpa.com



Natural Beekeeping 101

Horseback riding, though fun, is not for everyone. If you're looking for a hobby that is more laid back, yet enjoyable, at the same time, join natural beekeeping lessons held at Jardins du Luxembourg or in the Warre hives in the 10th district. The actual lesson itself will take place in a rooftop setting, giving you a bird's eye view of the city below.

Natural beekeeping lessons start at € 95 per head for one day or € 190 for a couple. The dates for May have yet to open but you can register for the 14 April 2013 session starting today.

Beekeeping lessons also tend to take place in Rucher du Luxembourg, but schedules or lessons are not fixed. You can, however, visit in September and take part in Fête du Miel, a 2-day honeybee and honey harvesting festival.

Natural Beekeeping Lessons
Rucher Ecole
75010, Paris
www.rucherecole.fr



Spring Out of Paris

Paris is not the only place where you can enjoy blossoming parks and the windy weather. Spring out of the French capital this April or May and enjoy the remainder of your vacation in Brussels, Belgium and Vaux-le-Vicomte in Melun, an alternative to the often-busy Versailles.

Versailles will be undoubtedly crammed in the spring, but if you want to take a break from Paris' busyness this season, make your way to Vaux-le-Vicomte, just 55 kilometers away from Paris (or a 1 ½ hour ride) and reachable by shuttle. Visiting Vaux-le-Vicomte this year would be a good idea, as they celebrate the 400-year anniversary of André Le Nôtre, the designer of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte's gardens.

A guided tour of the garden plus the reopening of a field and an outdoor exhibit of photos by a famous landscape photographer will be part of the program, staring this May 2013 (until September 2013, only).

Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte
Open from 9 March 2013 to 11 November 2013
77950, Maincy
www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

Also located an hour away from Paris is Brussels where museums, parks, and gothic homes are under the spotlight. Continue your vacation at Bois de la Cambre, Brussels' "green lung" where kids and adults can participate in leisure activities like horseback riding activities.

Bois de la Cambre
Avenue Louise, Chaussée de Waterloo,
Open from 1 April 2013 - 30 September 2013
From 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The pony club, which meets here regularly, is perfect for kids. Registration for the horseback riding lessons start at € 25 per child (children aged 3-6 only), but parents or guardians are required to be present within the premises at all times.

If you're looking for a more exotic scene, the oriental backdrop that adorns the gardens of the Museums of the Far East is definitely worth a visit. Hit two (or make that three) birds with one stone as you browse through priceless exhibits at the museum of Japanese and Chinese art here and frolic in the nearby Garden of the Japanese Tower and the Garden of the Chinese Pavilion.


Museums of the Far East
44, Avenue Van Praet
1020 Brussels
Open from Tuesdays to Fridays
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Fee: € 4 to enter the museum




Calendar of Events

Festivals

Fête des Plantes Vivaces
12 April 2013 - 14 April 2013
Saint-Jean Beauregard 91940
www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com

Music Day Fête de la Musique
21 June 2013
City-wide event
www.FetedelaMusique.culture.fr

L'anneau du Nibelung, Wagner festival (Ring 2013)
18 June 2013 - 26 June 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Festival Chopin à Paris
15 June 2013 - 14 July 2013
Route de la Reine-Marguerite
Bois de Boulogne, 75016
www.frederic-chopin.com

Paris Jazz Festival
8 June 2013 - 28 July 2013
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes
Route de la Pyramide, 75012
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

Les Pestacles
5 June 2013 - 25 September 2013
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes
Route de la Pyramide, 75012
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

Musique de Chambre à l'Orangerie de Bagatelle
18 July 2013 - 15 August 2013
Route de la Reine-Marguerite
Bois de Boulogne, 75016
www.octuordefrance.com

Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil à Bagatelle
24 August 2013 - 8 September 2013
Route de la Reine-Marguerite
Bois de Boulogne 75016
www.ars-mobilis.com

Festival Classique au Vert
3 August 2013 - 15 September 2013
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes
Route de la Pyramide 75012

Fête des Plantes, Fruits et Légumes
20 September 2013 - 22 September 2013
Saint-Jean de Beauregard, 91940
www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com

Les Journées des Plantes de Courson
18 October 2013 - 20 October 2013
Courson-Monteloup - Essonne, 91680
www.coursondom.com

Art and Exhibitions

Dynamo
10 April 2013 - 22 July 2013
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008, Paris
www.rmn.fr/Galeries-nationales-du-Grand

Philippines, Archipel des échanges
9 April 2013 - 14 July 2013
37, quai Branly Portail Debilly
75007, Paris
www.quaibranly.fr

Keith Haring - The Political Line
19 April 2013 - 18 August 2013
104 rue d'Aubervilliers ou 5 rue Curial
75019, Paris
www.104.fr

L'Art Nouveau, La Révolution Décorative
17 April 2013 - 8 September 2013
28, Place de la Madeleine
75008, Paris
www.pinacotheque.com

Foire de Paris
30 April 2013 - 12 May 2013
1, Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015, Paris
www.foiredeparis.fr

The International Antique Book and Print Fair
26 April 2013 - 28 April 2013
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008, Paris
www.salondulivreancienparis.fr

Salon Naturally
31 May 2013 - 3 June 2013
1, Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015, Paris
www.vivez-nature.com

Jardin, Jardin aux Tuileries
30 May 2013 - 2 June 2013
Place de la Concorde
75001, Paris
www.jardinsjardin.com

Les Journées des Plantes de Courson
17 May 2013 - 19 May 2013
Courson-Monteloup - Essonne
91680
www.coursondom.com

Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands
23 May 2013 - 26 May 2013
6, rue Jean-Oestreicher
75017, Paris
www.salon-saveurs.com

Paris Air Show
17 June 2013 - 23 June 2013
93350, Le Bourget
www.salon-du-bourget.fr

Roy Lichtenstein
3 July 2013 - 4 November 2013
www.centrepompidou.fr
Place Georges Pompidou
75004, Paris

Japan Expo
4 July 2013 - 7 July 2013
www.japan-expo.com
Paris Nord II, allée Erable
93420, Villepente

Salon des Véhicules de Loisirs
28 September 2013 - 6 October 2013
93350, Le Bourget
www.salon-vehicules-loisirs.com

Salon du Cycle de Paris
13 September 2013 - 16 September 2013
1, Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015, Paris
www.lesalonducycle.com

Salon du Chocolat 2013
30 October 2013 - 3 November 2013
1, Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015, Paris
www.parisexpo.com

Salon Zen
3 October 2013 - 7 October 2013
6, rue Jean-Oestreicher
75017, Paris
www.salon-zen.fr

Les Journées des Plantes de Courson
18 October 2013 - 20 October 2013
Courson-Monteloup - Essonne, 91680
www.domaine-de-courson.fr

Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera. L'art en fusion
9 October 2013 - 13 January 2014
Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris
www.musee-orangerie.fr

Nuit
9 October 2013 - 5 June 2014
36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire
75005, Paris
www.mnhn.fr

Music

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
14 April 2013
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008, Paris
www.sallepleyel.fr

Ellington 3Days - Duke orchestra fête ses 10 ans
21 April 2013 - 23 April 2013
2, rue de Lyon 21 bis, boulevard Diderot - Face à la Gare de Lyon
75012, Paris
www.leuropeen.info

Hommage à Kathleen Ferrier
20 April 2013 - 25 May 2013
210 rue de Belleville
75020, Paris
www.dominiquehoff.com

Gospel for 100 voices
13 April 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012, Paris
www.bercy.fr

Erik Truffaz Quartet
6 April 2013
28, Boulevard des Capucines
75009, Paris
www.olympiahall.com

Orchestre Pasdeloup / Philippe Hu / Bruno Rigutto
27 April 2013
15, Avenue Montaigne
75008, Paris
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés
19 May 2013 - 3 June 2013
Rue Princesse - rue Guisarde
75006, Paris
www.festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com

Les Musicales de Bagatelle
18 May 2013 - 20 May 2013
Bois de Boulogne Route de Sèvres-à-Neuilly et Allée de Longchamp
75016, Paris
www.paris.fr

Chanteuse de variétés françaises
19 June 2013 - 29 June 2013
Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019, Paris

Orchestre Romantique Européen
11 June 2013
45, rue La Boétie
75008, Paris
www.sallegaveau.com

Paris Jazz Festival
8 June 2013 - 28 July 2013
Esplanade du château de Vincennes Route de la Pyramide
75012, Paris
www.parisjazzfestival.fr

Philharmonia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / Hélène Grimaud
10 June 2013
15, Avenue Montaigne
75008, Paris
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Musique de Chambre à l'Orangerie de Bagatelle
18 July 2013 - 15 August 2013
Route de la Reine-Marguerite - Bois de Boulogne
75016, Paris
www.octuordefrance.com

Theatre

21st Century Dance Schools Gala
20 April 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony
9 April 2013 - 12 May 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Hänsel and Gretel, opera by Engelbert Huperdinck
14 April 2013 - 6 May 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Swan Lake - St Petersburg Ballet Theatre
1 April 2013
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
75017, Paris
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

Tricentenary of the French Dance School
15 April 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

La Nuit aux Invalides
18 April 2013 - 7 May 2013
Esplanade des Invalides
75007, Paris
www.lanuitauxinvalides.fr

Stomp
2 April 2013 - 28 April 2013
16, rue de Clichy
75009, Paris
www.casinodeparis.fr

Giulio Cesare, Opera by Georg Fridriech Haendel
23 May 2013 - 18 June 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Götterdämmerung
21 May 2013 - 16 June 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

"The Firebird", et al.
2 May 2013 - 3 June 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Le Cirque Invisible
16 May 2013 - 15 June 2013
2, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt
75008, Paris
www.theatredurondpoint.fr

"La Sylphide"
22 June 2013 - 13 July 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
www.operadeparis.fr

Robin des Bois
26 September 2013 - 5 January 5 2014
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
75017, Paris
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

Others

Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais
12 April 2013 - 14 April 2013
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008

World Table-Tennis 2013
13 May 2013 - 20 May 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012, Paris
www.mondialping.com

French Open Tennis Championship at Roland Garros
21 May 2013 - 9 June 2013
2, Avenue Gordon-Bennett
75016
www.rolandgarros.com

Coupe de France Football Final
31 May 2013
Consortium Stade de France ZAC Cornillon Nord
93216, Saint Denis La Plaine Cedex
www.stadefrance.com

FInales de la Coupe de France de handball 2013
25 May 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012, Paris
www.bercy.fr

Night of Museums
18 May 2013

Final of the Top 14 Rugby Competition 2013
1 June 2013
www.stadefrance.com

Les Pestacles
5 June 2013 - 25 September 2013
Esplanade du château de Vincennes Route de la Pyramide
75012, Paris
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

Finish of the Tour de France cycle race 2013
21 July 2013
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008, Paris
www.letour.fr


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