Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cherry Blossom Trees are Blooming in Paris

Photo by Marie-Noëll David-Pichon

   Cherry Blossom Trees at Parc de Sceaux near Paris


To enjoy springtime people in Paris and the suburbs are going to the parks, some of which have cherry blossom trees in bloom this spring.

The Japanese have a custom called Hanami (花 見, literally “to look at the flowers”).

This traditional Japanese custom is appreciating the beauty of flowers, mainly cherry blossoms (sakura). It is interesting to note that each  cherry tree may only bloom for up to a week.  The Japanese have a tradition  of picnicking beneath cherry blossom trees.


With stores selling only essential products, restaurants, bars, museums and theaters and movies closed, the parks are very popular.

Parc de Sceaux, about 30 minutes from Paris, has the  most beautiful and  largest  cherry blossoms , in both white and pink.   There is an entire orchard of pink cherry blossom trees. The  beautiful park featuring an octagonal lake and canal was designed by Andre Le Notre, the famous gardener of King Louis XIV of France.

Marie- Noëlle David-Pichon and I went  to Parc de Sceaux and compared it to our visit in  2018. We had to walk past the lake and continue for about 10 mins. to reach the orchard. There were fewer people and we saw only two ladies enjoying a picnic, not under a tree as is the Japanese custom, but near a tree. They had a bottle of wine to enjoy even though it is prohibited from drinking alcohol in public places.  The weather in 2018 was like summer but in 2021  people were wearing springtime jackets.


Unlike our visit in 2018, when we saw many Japanese, we did not see any Japanese people.  Perhaps they were busy working remotely.

The pink cherry blossoms are our favorite although the white blossoms are also very beautiful. We enjoyed not only seeing the beautiful trees but also seeing both adults and children enjoying them.

Parisians are only allowed to travel 10 kilometers from their homes but effective  May 3, 2021 the limit of the 10 km. distance for travel will be removed.

The 7 p.m. curfew was in effect the day we visited the park and is still in effect.  With the longer days and sunset after 8 p.m; it is hard to respect the curfew. Most people are home by 8 p.m. not 7 p.m.

It is invigorating and refreshing to take a break from the somber atmosphere of seeing locked stores, restaurants and cafés and go to see the people enjoying the cherry trees at Parc de Sceaux.


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