On May 1st, everyone was walking around carrying these tiny packets of flowers:
I had no idea why, but EVERYONE had one, so I felt compelled to partake in what was clearly some sort of official French ritual for May 1st, known as "May Day", the official welcoming of Spring (also Labor Day. )
Here's what Wikipedia, the official source for all things credible, has to say about it:
On May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom on the 1st of May, to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime.
So I gave one to myself, I'm so selfish. But it made a pretty stellar day, as it was a beautiful outside, and I got the best baguette on the street, a little packet of lily of the valley, and a delicious looking macaron.
I also went to check out another bakery/pastry shop nearby, and meant to only take a look, but, because I have no self control, ended up getting this:
I love how it's always wrapped up, so you get to open your little gift every time. Happy May Day to ME!!
Flowers, pastry, why you shouldn't have!
Happy May Day, everyone! Only 3 weeks late.