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Paris right now is cold, a little green, a palce you need scarves & hats, and ok for bright pink purses

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We've been here now for 3 days (our apartment has internet access, so that's how I'm writing this) and I thought I'd tell you what I've observed. It's cold, and I'm from Minnesota so I know. The grass is almost totally green and there are a number of shrubs that must be evergreen. The hardy flowers like pansies have just been planted in the gardens. the cafes have their boxes full of cold hardy flowers outside, and flower shops are displaying all their wares on the sidewalks. I've seen a couple buds that may be ready to start open in a week or so.
That bright pink purse will fit right in. In fact, I've been using a lightweight le Sportsac tote bag much more than I'd planned. It's great because it doesn't weight a thing and I can put my books, gloves, money, purchases etc. in it; I've got a tiny purse tucked in it with my necessities. Tomorrow though I'll be using my healthy back bag purse because we will be hitting some museums and they will allow you to keep a purse, but you have to check bags.


Don't worry as much about how you'll look as how you'll feel. At the last minute I took a calf length rather than knee length coat I'd been planning to bring, and I'm glad i did. This way I don't need to wear my silk longjohns under my slacks. If I had a shorter coat, I'd need the longjohns. For warmth, everyone is wearing scarves of all weights and hues. You'll blend in any warm coat you own as long as it isn't a Columbia type ski jacket. I have 2 pairs of gloves--light weight and heavier; when I want to take photos I wear the lighter ones because I can operate the camera that way. You'll need a hat too if you plan to walk around very much at all. Goretex type shoes or boots also are a necessity if you plan to be out and about much in the rain.
I have some lightweight turtlenecks with me but haven't worn them yet because once you go indoors, you'll be too hot. Instead I've been wearing crew neck sweaters with silk scarves; that way I can control the temperature variations.

Hope I've answered some questions for those of you who are starting to pack. I'm posting this now because I got so much help here when I was planning.

One last thought--no white walking/running shoes unless you are actually planning to jog; that is the only time I have seen them. That is the one thing that really will make you stand out.

Second last thought--we made a big mistake and didn't take our ambien on the plane, so we didn't sleep. Now we're paying for it by having slept away our first two mornings. a word to the wise; do whatever you need to do to sleep on the plane.

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