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Paris in the week of January 7: worth it?

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Sep 17th, 2012, 04:38 PM
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Paris is so beautiful that no matter when you visit you will find beauty everywhere
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Sep 17th, 2012, 05:51 PM
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If you are in Paris, don't do it at the airport. So much to see and if it is cold, rainy - so much to see indoors - the Louvre, D'Orsay, Notre Dame - you can't even scratch the surface in a couple of days.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 07:54 PM
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I have traveled to Paris in the winter several times and have never found it dull or empty. There are fewer people competing to get into the tourist attractions. The cultural season is in full swing, with concerts, dance, and theater throughout the city.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 02:20 AM
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Hello everyone,

Thanks for the responses. I have actually been to London once in January. It was cold but not cold enough to keep me indoors. Central London was as busy as fun as in other times I have been there. Yet weather can change anytime of course. I found the weather in London pretty similar to what we get in Seattle during winter. Not as biting cold as in New York or DC. Some days can be crisp and warm enough to leave the house. Yet there can be days when there is wind or freezing rain making it a challenge to stay outdoors.

In any case, I have decided to give to extend my stop over in Paris and embrace the weather. Thanks for helping me make that decision.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 03:26 AM
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Have a great time in Paris, but pack with the knowledge it is colder than London or Seattle. It's inland.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 03:30 AM
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Paris is good any time. Always something to do. I will be there 11/19 - 12/15 and will then return 1/19 - 3/13..

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Dec 27th, 2012, 02:49 PM
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Hello!

Just wanted to update this thread. I had a overnight stay in Paris on Dec 13th. Luckily the sky was clear and while it was cold I was still able to walk around the streets. It got lot colder in the evening. There was quite a bit of foot traffic on Champ Élysées and stores were packed. I enjoyed my time there.

As mentioned in this thread I will be back in Paris on Jan 7 for two nights. Hope the weather is tolerable. By the way unlike my expectation I am finding that hotel rates for jan 7 aren't any lower than other times of the year In fact the rate for the same hotel I once stayed in May is higher in jan!!

By the way are there any plans to upgrade the RER trains that run from CDG to Paris Just curious. Current trains are in rather poor shape. Furthermore I was dropped off at Aulnay sous bios station on my way to the airport as the service was not running further and I had to take a bus from there.
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Dec 27th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Christmas and NY are the peak hotel rates of the year, I'm not clear why you thought it would be cheaper in January than May. They may not be as high as Christmas week, but hotels in Paris don't vary their rates all over the place every week like you may be thinking. They generally have a standard rate, a lower rate in August (and sometimes end of July), and sometimes a higher rate at Christmas and possibly some salon periods. That's about it. A few hotels sometimes have slightly lower rates in early December or maybe February, but that is pretty random, you can't count on it for any particular hotel without checking. More hotels give discounts for staying longer now, it seems to me.


Too bad the train wasn't running all the way on the date you wanted, that kind of thing can happen. I agree that RER B isn't very glamorous, shall we say, and is pretty old and crummy, which is one reason I don't like it for a trip from the airport.
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Dec 27th, 2012, 10:53 PM
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Hi Christina, what other transportation options would you suggest from the airport to Paris. Taxi is one option of course though a bit expensive. I do intend to take taxi when I return in January. However in Jan I wouldn't be alone but with my family of four so taxi might not be that bad vs buying four train tickets. I assume taxi cost about 100 euros.
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Dec 28th, 2012, 02:36 AM
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Has anyone mentioned that the sales will be on (I think.)
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Dec 28th, 2012, 03:38 AM
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Taxi will cost about 50-60 euros.
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Dec 28th, 2012, 08:51 AM
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qz, you could also take the bus from CDG into Paris or schedule a shuttle. Here's information about taking buses: http://www.parisairportguide.com/cdg...port-buses.htm. Re: a shuttle, search the Fodor archives for shuttle recomendations.
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