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Ok, So Paris In The Winter Is Great Too!
Paris In The Winter
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.