April in Paris
“April in Paris, this is a feeling
No one can ever reprise”
Celebrated by iconic singers, from Franck Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday or Count Basie… embodied by the “Dynamite” Doris Day in the so-named 1950’s musical, April in Paris does not only belong to jazzy legends or romantic movies. April in Paris is back!
It all started on April 1st – how astonishing! – but April Fools Day was competing with Easter Monday as they fell on the same day this year. Easter Monday is a bank holiday in France and unfortunately pranks could not be played at school or at the office. This was terribly frustrating. As you may know, the French tradition is to stick a fish-shaped paper to someone’s back without him or her realizing it. It is a very special day when everyone is allowed to tell jokes, make-up stories before dramatically declaring “Poisson d’avril” (literary “April fish”!).
Spring is late this year and it seems winter coats have become a second skin. As the wise saying goes: “En avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil, en mai, fais ce qu’il te plait” (basically: in April, don’t take off a thread of clothing, in May, do as it pleases you). All Paris insiders are looking forward to pottering again in the sunshine, enjoying the café terraces as well as parks and gardens.
This is actually the perfect timing for a family outing to the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle. You will be able to combine outdoor thematic trails in the Jardins des Plantes, a visit to the zoo and – as warming up may be needed – the amazing indoor exhibition: “ Dinosaurs larger than life” at the Grande Galerie de l‘Evolution (everyday from 10am to 6pm except on Tuesdays – closed on May 1st).