After one long and one short flight, we arrived in Paris Thursday night. We checked into our apartment, grabbed a quick bite nearby, and called it a night. Friday morning we awoke to find the forecast hadn’t been April Fooling; a light snow was already falling.
We like to get outdoors and walk as much as possible on the first day to help reset ourselves to the new time zone. So we took a stroll around the nearby Tuileries, explored the area, and picked up some provisions for the apartment.
A light snow fell on and off all day, though nothing stuck on the ground. Even though I’ve visited Paris in December, this is the coldest it’s ever been when I’ve been here, and the first time it’s snowed.
Temperatures hovered just above freezing most of the day, but I was comfortable in my down coat and sneakers (with wool socks). It was snowing when most of these pictures were taken, though the camera didn’t catch it. (I’d forgotten I had that mask around my arm to keep handy, and le Monsier didn’t notice it either.)
Paris is definitely quieter than it was when we visited last October. Though I don’t know if it’s the weather keeping people indoors or there are just fewer tourists this time. But it’s a nice kind of “quiet,” and I’m enjoying it.
But green wasn’t just in the landscape. There is a lot of (bright) color in shop windows this season, especially green.
So what are people wearing? Still mostly winter clothes, in predominantly black and neutrals. What I’ve seen most are black or navy puffer coats, or camel wool coats. Sneakers or chonky boots, as in the photos above. I’ll be taking notes over the next few days and post a Paris style update.
We have a couple of sunny days in the forecast, and plan to get outside to make the most of them. It’s still quite chilly, so I’m grateful for my down coat.
Packing vs. shopping
Whenever I post a travel wardrobe, I always get some comments to the effect of, “why pack so much? You can shop for what you need there.” What you see in the shop windows above is one reason I don’t count on being able to do that. The shops have already turned over their merchandise, and are full of cotton, linen, sandals, and other warm weather clothing.
Prior experience has taught me not to count on the weather matching the seasonal shop merchandise. And desperation shopping often leads to poor purchasing decisions. I’d rather have what I need, and shop casually rather than urgently.
Plus, because I’m so short, I can’t count on items being wearable off the rack because they often need hemming or other alterations. When I CAN wear something immediately while traveling, it’s a happy surprise rather than something I plan on.
Travel so far…
It’s been a bit easier traveling this time, as some restrictions and paperwork requirements (traveler locator forms, testing requirements) have been dropped. Masks are still required on public transit, and we put ours on to go into shops or other public spaces. We’re not the only ones, either.
As I mentioned above, crowds are definitely thinner than what we experienced last fall. Heathrow airport seemed to be back up to its usual number of travelers, and our flight from London to Paris was pretty full.
We’ll be heading out the door in a bit to enjoy some sunshine and more of Paris. I’ll be sharing images and updates on my Instagram feed and Stories, so follow me there to travel along. À bientôt!