Ok, So Paris In The Winter Is Great Too!

Paris In The Winter

Winters in Paris are certainly enchanting.
Winters in Paris are certainly enchanting.
You mostly won't have to worry about such snow fall. :)
You mostly won't have to worry about such snow fall. :)
Pleasant day with snow on the ground.
Pleasant day with snow on the ground.

Winter Time In Paris

Alright, I wrote a hubpage about Paris summers beating out the spring. I maintain that summers are the best season to visit in the cases I mentioned, but what about Winter.

The best case I made for summer was that you can walk everywhere and not be cold. I have heard a big argument that it's too hot and that in winter and autumn, you don't have to sweat it out. Valid points.

Some love Paris in the winter because of the festive atmosphere and the lights.

Of course all of the amazing galleries and attractions are year round. You never need to worry about the Louvre, Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral or Sacre Couer basilica closing because of seasons.

Some would contend there is a magical feel to visiting these places in the winter time.

One thing I did say in my previous hub is that in the "off" seasons, the prices for just about all travel related expenses decrease. You'll see this with both hotels and flights not to mention ferries and in most cases, museum entrance fees. Because you can get a cheap flight or a cheap hotel in Paris, it certainly helps make you forget about the weathe. This doesn't apply to the weeks leading up to and after Christmas and New Years when Paris is in a frenzy. Can you think of a better place to bring in the new year than with friends or family in Paris?

So, I maintain as I said before that Paris is amazing in summer. This hub serves to make a case for winter. Enjoy Paris all year round!

Here is a little more on my first experience to Europe in the winter.

My very first trip to Europe was in November for my birthday many years ago. It was my first time to Europe and a few of my friends came. We started out in the UK, flying into the Heathrow airport.

From there we went to Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels. The only bad weather period was a particular day in Amsterdam when it was rainy and windy. I remember buying a cheap umbrella and having it get blown inside out a few times by strong wind gusts. But we still managed to have a really great time.

You just wear a jacket and scarf and all is well. On the next few subsequent trips, they were all in the winter time and all were fun. I remember the first time I went over, I found flights online for $249 round trip. This was in 2002. I am not joking! It was from San Diego to the Heathrow airport in London. My friends and I drove down from Los Angeles to San Diego. All three of us got the same low rate.

And there were three of us so we ended up getting our rooms for about 100 Euros a night for 3 bedrooms in various boutique hotels. We would not have been able to spend so little had we gone in a busier season, I have no doubt.

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JannyC 6 years ago

Pretty pictures. Thank you for sharing your travels of Paris.


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

You are so welcome Janny. Thanks for having a look!


temari 6 years ago

i think winter is great for me!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks for voting your opinion Temari.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Sorry, I'm so hooked on to your paris hubs that I cannot see beyond them at the moment. Just read the other one on 'Les Invalides' and loved that too...! I think some of my warmest memories are of my walks down Champs de Elysees... nothing compares in beauty!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed and I totally agree!

Daniel


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alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Many years ago I lived in Paris and in the February it, unusually, snowed quite a bit - 6 inches. The entire city, beautiful as it usually is, was transformed into something magical and I can still remember wandering around for hours just looking.

Pere Lachaise was particularly special.

Ian.

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