Winter in Paris

Soft, dove grey skies .. gentle drifts of snowfall .. hot chocolate sipped on cobblestone terraces and snuggly woollen attire.  What's not to love about Paris in winter ? 
Paris in winter - Pont Alexandre and Eiffel Tower
Paris in winter - Pont Alexandre

January and February in Paris are an underrated and beautiful time to spend in the city of love.  Christmas has passed, but the twinkling street lights and spectacular store window displays remain.

Paris in winter - Chanel boutique Rue Cambon

Paris in winter - Paris mon amour shop windowParis in winter - Louvre

Paris in winter - Croissant breakfast Deux Magots

One can wander forever in cobblestoned rues and grand boulevards without hordes of summer tourists.  Generally I walk up to 10 kilometres a day, traversing multiple "arrondissements". 

Paris in winter - architecture and leafless branches
Paris in winter - roses at Plaza Athenée

Paris in winter - fashion model in Place Vendome

I usually stop for lunch - a bowl of steaming "moules et frîtes" with a crisp white wine - or sometimes savour an afternoon hot chocolate, velvety smooth and richly decadent, at Angelina's. 

Paris in winter - mussels and fries

Paris in winter - Angelinas hot chocolate

Why Paris is so beautiful in winter

Here's what I love most about Paris in January and February :
  • No long queues at the Eiffel Tower or Louvre 
  • Decadent hot chocolate at Angelina's
  • When snowfall suddenly arrives, it transforms the entire city and it's gardens into a hushed, fragile snowscape of pure beauty
  • Ice skating at many rinks in the city including the courtyard inside Plaza Athenée
  • The sculptural beauty of lacy, leafless branches of trees reaching towards grey, wintery skies 
  • The cold is the perfect excuse to ensconce yourself with a glass of pinot noir by a fireside
  • Wearing woollen coats, leather gloves and boots, hats and scarves 
  • Le Soldes (the annual sales) where goods are marked down by 30-70%

Paris in winter - Eiffel Tower

Paris in winter - metro sign

Bon journée !

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