Most of my life, I spent Easter in Florida with family, attending church services, relaxing at the beach, dyeing eggs, and of course, eating! Living in Europe with my hubby, holidays have a new spin! And, I love it! We go with the flow, and do what we feel.
So, what is Easter like in France? Easter is celebrated all weekend, even on Monday, people spend time with family, cook traditional meals like lamb and other spring items. On Monday (day after Easter), outside of the tourist areas everything is closed. Leading up to the holiday weekend, shop fronts and bakeries are decorated with chocolate rabbits, fish, eggs, bells, and other signs of spring.
There are Easter Egg hunts, chocolates, and colored eggs, but the Easter Bunny is just now becoming popular in France. A common tradition I like, is the cloches volantes, or “flying bells”. So, the story is, no church bells ring between Friday and Easter Sunday morning bc the bells fly to Rome to visit the pope to receive a blessing, then they return with treats for the good kiddos. Cute, right?!
How did we spend our Easter? Taking it easy!! 🙂 Thankfully, Jason had no practice today (Easter Monday), so we spent some time together in the city. Normally, we prepare a big spread for holidays, but not this time.. So, naturally, we went to one of our favorite pizza spots in Saint Germain, Paris.lol Why not?! We did not dress up, color eggs, or even indulge in chocolate.lol
After lunch, we walked towards the Seine River, to the Pont Neuf bridge (the “new”love lock area). It is only about 10-15 minute walk from Saint Germain.
Below the bridge is a point that sticks out into the river with a perfect, picturesque, park.
One of my favorite peaceful, places and I am so thankful to share this spot with Jason. We are blessed for these experiences, and I am forever grateful.
With no destination in mind, we continued walking along the river until we reached a flower market. You never know what you will run into when wandering in Paris!
After the market we found a metro stop, and jumped on to head home.
Yes, an unconventional Easter, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. To me, it’s about rejoicing and spending time with the love of my life.
Happy Easter or Joyeuses Pâques