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BudgetQueen Jun 23rd, 2007 04:55 AM

Paris in December???
 
I am considering a trip during the second week of December for Paris. I would base there and maybe make a couple day trips.

This is my first trip, but willing to go with some cool weather, if I'm not making a mistake with "bad weather. Thanks for any advice.

sandi_travelnut Jun 23rd, 2007 05:50 AM

My family and I were there Dec. '04 and rained a little bit but was quite cold. We all wore the thin silky "long-johns" (I think mine were cuddle duds)and that helped a lot. Just layer under your long coat, hat, gloves and scarf. It even snowed on us one of the days. I would say the temps during the day were high 30's to mid 40s (F).

L84SKY Jun 23rd, 2007 10:07 AM

My husband and I went to Paris in Feb. and it was great. It was cold and it snowed but it wasn't a problem. We are from So. Calif and not used to weather like and it was fun.
You'll miss the gardens, of course but Paris has so much to offer that you won't mind.

Another thing, the bare trees allow you to see views of buildings that would be hidden if the trees were leafed out. The other plus, is that there will be few other tourists.
You've made a good choice, IMHO.

d_claude_bear Jun 23rd, 2007 11:04 AM

Our first visit to Paris was during a December several years ago. There are no flowers (of course), all the buildings look gray from the low sun, and--most importantly--it gets dark by 4:00, severely dampening our desires to explore.

The flip-side of the very long summer days--light until 10:00 p.m.--are the very short December ones. Our next two Paris trips occured in June and July, and we were much more satisfied. Next year, we are going for the month of May, hoping to combine lots of daylight, warmth, and somewhat fewer tourists than during June or July.

We don't intend to visit Paris in the Winter again.

sandi_travelnut Jun 23rd, 2007 12:34 PM

There may be fewer tourists than in the summer but remember that many Europeans , including the locals, were on Christmas break. The lines for the Eiffel Tower for amazingly long and took us about 2 hours to get to the ticket booth. The line for the Louvre was not as bad.


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