Springtime in Europe

by humma

An experience of spring in Switzerland, France, Italy, and England.

Spring is Europe’s knock-out season. New life exploding from the earth. Rabbits poking about wanting to trust the sun. Flowers sneaking out their heads from snow shrinking fields. Vibrant green grasping back the soil from gray-white and frozen brown. Coming from Asia, I learned about the impact of Spring in the North. One of the most beautiful springs I have ever experienced has been in Europe. As we drive from one country to the next and come back to home base in Switzerland after a few days, life changes. Nature has a whole new movie for us to watch. It is exciting to see magnolias in buds, starting to bloom and in full bloom. It’s pink and white flowers just fill the trees and if you move from one place to the next, you will also enjoy it longer and not just for two days as the lady in Gascony claimed.

A Tree in Bud

Spring in its Awakening
Plane Tree

Cheerleading Spring

Expectation in the Air

Cheerleading  spring is one of the experiences residents of four-season countries truly enjoy. The expectation is in the air as soon as snow melts. Local media publishes sneak preview pictures and ground hog shadows are assigned magical properties as harbingers of spring. This is heralded by the sprouting of the first spring flowers, the snow drops, followed by the hyacinth, tulips, alum, dandelions, and daffodils. The trees and the bushes outdo each other as their buds glorious buds sprout eagerly everyday. We wait for the leaves or the flowers to fill the trees and shout spring is here. There is new life. Life has conquered death. Life has won and its radiance shines.

Not just the magnolias but the forsythias beat them all when it is in its full yellow show. But the green in the fields changing colors as the sun shines on it brings dreams of the future and memories of the not too distant past. England exploding with daffodils  gold- dotting the green and the sheep grazing in the valleys add to the picture some motion and life. Of course, we have not even touched the smell of the hyacinths and the lilacs and all the other flowers I don’t even know the names of.

Blooms Have Come Out

Spring is here
A Tree Starting to Bloom

Trees are in Bloom

Heralding Spring
Spring in Europe

Spring in Europe is a Delight

Not the End of Summer-Sodden

Spring in Europe is a delight especially to someone who has not experienced it or who has missed it for years. The place is fresh and not tired as often it is at the height of summer. It springs to new life and offers invigorating sites and scents that often titillate one’s imagination. The crowds in the must visit places are still manageable and one can enjoy the masterpieces without heads popping up all the time and people crowding around you. This kind of distraction is not there so you can enjoy and delight in some of your favourite paintings, sculptures, or what have you as an added bonus of Spring.

The hotels and restaurants are not packed out and have just been spruced up so they feel fresh and not end-of-summer sodden. It is easy to get rooms and the price is not astronomical. Spring is the best time to visit Europe especially Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK. Why? Because these were the places I have visited this spring so I can only claim some authority there. But it’s up to you. Let us know your favorite season in Europe. But for me, there is no other time to visit Europe than in springtime. From now on, I know where I will be at the first hint of a song bird and the first peak of the snow drop.

Pictures of Springtime in Europe

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Springtime in Europe

Is Europe (Switzerland, the UK, France, ITaly) the best place to be in spring?
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Yes, definitely
katiem2 on 04/23/2012

I'm partial to Europe,

ohcaroline on 04/20/2012

I would like to see it in the springtime.

Spring in Switzerland

Fields in Full Bloom
Field of Rapeseed

European Countries in Spring

Which of these European countries do you want to be in spring?

Forsythia in Bloom in Switzerland

Spring Spreading its Color
Forsythia in Spring

What you will need for your trip

To enhance your spring experience of Europe

There are some gadgets that will make your travel experience less stressful. In my experience, no matter how carefullyl I prepare and pack there is always soemthing I forget and often, these are things I really need. Sometime, I can just shrug my shoulders and enjoy but there are times when even on holidays, we still need to work a bit and keep in touch so I try to manage my own lack. Besides,in today's world, we have our iphones, ipads, computers, cameras that we haul with us and these require charging. Because of this, I like to bring a universal charger that I can use for several gadgets.

Cherry Blossoms in Europe

Pink with Flowers
Cherry Blossoms

Gadgets for your Europe Drive

Universal Battery Charger

More Cherry Blossoms

Spring's Delight
Spring's Delight

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Recently, however, as we travel on our own, I found that having a guide book is very useful. I can check out places and read the decription for everybody so not only is there a shared laugh in the car when the reader tries to fool us but there is often a base knowledge to appreciate the places.

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Updated: 03/18/2013, humma
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cmoneyspinner on 11/07/2013

Spring is the best season. Not too cold. Not too hot. Not a whole lot of leaves to rake up. And lovely flowers.

EliasZanetti on 01/24/2013

Wish spring was here already! Thanks, humma, for the nice and inspiring post!

Holistic_Health on 04/25/2012

I spent some time in Germany and it was always nice to emerge from winter. Being from the South, I felt like a bear coming out of hibernation.

katiem2 on 04/23/2012

What a delightful look at Europe in the spring time, my favorite would have to be the U,K, Thank you for the beautiful adventure though Europe this spring

Meagan on 04/20/2012

A lovely page. Spring in Europe is a wonderful time though it is hard for me to choose between those countries! One of the things I love about Europe is how dramatically the landscape changes from one season to the next. And yes I agree with ohcaroline - Autumn is also particularly beautiful (and another great time to avoid the peak crowds!)

dustytoes on 04/20/2012

Thanks for sharing pictures of spring in Europe. I've never been there, so I can't really answer your questions, but it looks great!

ohcaroline on 04/20/2012

I visited Europe in the fall and it was beautiful. I imagine springtime would present an entirely different trip. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Marie on 04/20/2012

I love springtime - just a glorious time of year. Lovely celebration of it with your article.

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