Lyon's Flowering Trees
Magnolias on the Place des Celestins, Lyon 2eme
The trees on Lyon's squares are budding and will soon be in full bloom, meaning that soon we'll be able to enjoy their splendor in outdoor cafes. The cherry blossoms that envelope Place Francisque Régaud in a gorgeous canopy of blossoms in front of the Grand Café des Negotiants and Café Perl in the 2nd arrondissement haven't bloomed yet but will any day now. It might be worth your while to swing by (metro Cordeliers) and check it out within the next couple of weeks, and enjoy lunch or a refreshment there if the weather is nice. Weekends are destined to be packed and tense with people scheming for tables, but know that the trees don't close up shop after Saturday and Sunday. At the same time, you can enjoy your own version at home by picking up what looks to be the bunches of bare branches currently for sale by many of the farmers at the outdoor markets. The branches are trimmed from a variety of fruit in the orchards surrounding Lyon, and feature an exciting array of colors and shapes in the blossoms that come out of them. All you have to do is put them in water at home. Watching them unfold never ceases to enchant and amaze.