Would you visit Paris during winter?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Have you ever been to Paris during the autumn or winter? Last Christmas Giao and her husband went for a trip to The City of Light and despite the off-season timing they had so much fun that now I am daydreaming about Paris all frosty and white. The image of snow-dusted strolls or bellies full of chocolate mousse makes me swoon but if I didn’t convince you well enough, here are six more of Giao’s awesome reasons for going there during the winter but especially during Christmas time.
* cold weather is a perfect excuse for cafe hopping (and we love moody caf├ęs, don't we?).
* it’s always less crowded so you can take your time strolling through Le Jardin des Tuileries or around Eiffel Tower without letting go of your husband’s warm hand.
* jet-leg won’t be an issue since the chilly Parisian air serves as an antidote.
* lines for macarons will definitely be shorter – that is a fact!
* you can use the secret shortcut (the passageway to Rue de Rivoli) to enter the Louvre. (Fancy!)
* and  you can book a flat or a hotel last minute and totally spontaneous without overpaying. And not to mention flights will be cheaper too.

Now tell me, do you fancy Christmas in Paris? Or not so much? Do you ever travel during the cooler seasons? Would you ever consider spending Christmas abroad just with your husband? I am totally itching for a Chrismas adventure now:) xo

P.S: Here are a few great tips on off-season travelling.
P.P.S: Travelling solo?

(Top photos by Kiss my Spatula the middle one by Care and the last one via Dying of cute )

30 comments:

HiLLjO said...

Oh yes! How magical, all the snow on the roofs. :o)

Anita said...

I love Europe in winter. By far my favorite season to visit. I was in Paris in October/November one year (the time my husband proposed!), and it was divine strolling the streets eating freshly-roasted chestnuts and not having to deal with hordes of tourists. Last November was spent in Barcelona and the Netherlands. Boots, scarfs, woolly hats and coats never fail.

Monica | Hola!design said...

I would love to go to Paris any season! I hate crowds, so for me, visiting during Winter would be perfect. Plus, I love snow!

Anonymous said...

I have actually been to Paris during winter, and LOVED IT. It rained a lot, but nothing a big waterproof jacket can't handle. There is less tourism -- that's for sure. It's really fun actually. Keeping warm in Cafe's and shops.

Christianna said...

I'd totally be down to go to Paris in the off season! Seems like it would be so much fun!

Diana Mieczan said...

Awww Anita, how romantic that your husband proposed in Paris:) And yes, roasted chesnuts are truly wonderful there and they keep your hands all warm and cozy!

Diana Mieczan said...

Me too, Monica:) I love love love white, fluffy snow on a winter morning.

Diana Mieczan said...

Anonymous, how brilliant!!! Oh, now I want to plan Christmas there. It would be so much fun:)

Anacristina said...

I will hopefully be going to Paris for the Spring semester of my Junior year (one more year). I am excited to see winter and the transition to spring in Paris.

x's & o's
Anacristina
laughsandicecream.blogspot.com

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh yes! I dream of Paris in the winter! Especially Christmas time with the lights- just like from a movie!

holtkamp said...

definitely! my husband and i (for his internships) lived temporarily in DC and scotland, both during the winter and we loved it because there were very few tourists. plus we could always bundle up and sight see which to me is more preferable than sight seeing and sweating in the summer :)

Patricia Villamil said...

It all sounds pretty tempting, since we are planning a trip to France next year for the Fall. So I will consider it!

Maria Maria Maria said...

I've never considered it, but now that I see these pictures you posted-- why yes, Christmas in Paris sounds just lovely!

That's Not My Age said...

We were there once for New Year & it was lovely. Cold & wet, but lovely. And everyone was preparing for NYE so the lines for macaroons were even longer!

Roselie said...

I love Paris so much I 'd visit it any time!

Linda Carswell said...

I have been to Paris many times and have experienced all seasons.....my favorite is winter!!! Yes, it is certainly cold but it is void of tourists and I love the 'crisp' early mornings walking out for our first coffee.....I would certainly plan my next trip to coincide with winter.

Eliza Jane said...

My mother and I went to Paris in winter time a few years ago. It was amazing.

Vintage Market Place said...

OH YES PLEASE!!
i think it would be magical.
I have to say though, I do adore Autumn and Winter over any other time of the year so it would be a complete dream to be able to visit during my favorite times of year.
Sigh....
Amy

Little London Observationist said...

I'm going for a weekend in November. Can't wait! I'm really lucky it's just a short 2 hour train ride from London. It will be my 4th time there and a few times have been in the Winter. It's beautiful.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is totally cool, Anacristina. You will have the best time there:)

Diana Mieczan said...

holtkamp, le sigh - I adore Scotland:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Great, Patricia! If you fancy a few Paris tips (restaurants or fun not turistic spots to check out) let me know. We've been there a few times and our friends live there too.

Diana Mieczan said...

That's Not My Age:) And Linda, morning coffee-walks sound so wonderful.

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh, Little London Observationist:) You are such a lucky girl. Only 2 hours by train? How handy.

Lena P Cox said...

If its ever my decision only....
I'm packing for winter in Paris.

tutusandtea said...

I have spent a very memorable, mystical and merry Christmas in the City of Lights, and I have to say it's everybit as lovely as you make it :) Lovely post!

Diana Mieczan said...

Awww..your comment is so beautiful, tutusandtea.

Annie said...

I would go to Paris ANY TIME of year! :) When we were there last month, it was already like early fall there!

Anonymous said...

I lived in France for two years (just an hour from Paris) and while beautiful, Paris is SO busy at Christmas time!!! Flooded with people. So busy you cannot even cram another person on the Metro and you have to let the train pass and wait for the next one (or two).

Diana Mieczan said...

Sounds super busy, indeed Anonymous! Btw: How lovely that you lived in France for 2 years...awww

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