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A few days ago we walked early in the morning across the Park of Maisons-Laffitte and spotted these delicate white flowers known as ‘snowdrops’. Here are a few photos…

Parc de Maisons-Laffitte February 2016 © French Moments
In the Park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

On that morning we walked approximately 4 kilometres across the vast park of Maisons-Laffitte, here pictured the perspective from Place Napoléon to Place Wagram.

Our little white flowers were spotted just on the left. 

Snowdrops 01 © French Moments
Snowdrops in the Park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

The French word for snowdrop is ‘perce-neige’ (pierce-the-snow)… still very romantic!

Snowdrops generally flower towards the end of Winter hence ‘piercing through the snow’ (perce-neige). There was no snowfall this Winter in Paris but the little snowdrops somehow found their way in growing… piercing through the dead leaves!

Snowdrops 02 © French Moments
Snowdrops in the Park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

The white flowers always remind me of a story I learnt to read in Primary school. Based on a Russian fairy-tale (The Twelve Months), it tells us of a young orphan girl sent out during a snow storm by her cruel stepmother. In the middle of the forest, she found the spirits of the 12 months of the year, who took pity on her and not only saved her from freezing to death, but made it possible for her to gather snowdrops in the dead of winter.

Snowdrops 03 © French Moments
After the rain, Park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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