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Paris in December

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The following is just my opinion, but I thought it was worth sharing because if I had read this I would not have gone.

4 adults, 2 children. 3 nights in Paris during the week after Christmas. Living in Europe, so travel was easy and jet lag not an issue.

Many things about our trip were very nice, especially the weather. From my research I had expected very low temps and lots of rain. We were very pleasantly surprised.

The problem that I didn't anticipate was the crowds! We've been to Paris before and experienced a quarter of what we experienced last week. It was like Disneyland in July. Hoards of people almost everywhere. Trying to show my kids the Mona Lisa became so dangerous from crowd crush that I had to hoist my 7yo up and shove my way out of the back of the mob.

I've been to 18 countries in the last few years, so I do know a fair amount about travel planning and research. I was shocked not to have read about the major crowds in Paris' cold, dark, rainy post-Christmas December.

And I'll say this before someone else feels the need to... Yes, we spent a lot of time in tourist areas showing family the sights. I'm sure if we avoided tourist areas things would have been different. Our hotel was in a quiet neighborhood and our nearby dinners were lovely, quiet and authentic. Our previous visit also included tourist spots - yet without the crowds.

For those looking to travel there at this time of year in the future, now you know.

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