Winter in Paris

I’ve been fortunate enough to see Paris during each season and I can safely say that although the weather is rather dreadful, winter holds the most special place in my heart.

Winter on the Seine

The city of lights is even more so during winter, with charming Christmas lights lining each street. The shops on the Champs Elysees are done up with displays: Cartier, Chanel, Hermes –I didn’t realize a handbag arrangement could become a work of art! Strolling by department stores with elaborate marionettes for the children, ice skating in front of Hotel de Ville, and lines –what lines? There are none this time of year.

Skating at Hotel de Ville

Right around New Year’s, the streets are lined with stalls of fresh oysters; street vendors are quite literally roasting chestnuts and foie gras is selling like hotcakes. Speaking of cakes, the Patisseries are filled with Galette des rois (Kings Cake) of all shapes and sizes bursting with almond cream and to top it off? A piping hot glass of vin chaud (mulled wine) from pretty much any street vendor to warm the body.

Vin Chaud

Below are my favorite snapshots from the past two weeks of winter in Paris.

Lauduree Macarons

Legendary Macarons from Lauduree

Winter on the Seine

Winter along the Seine

Eiffel Tower in Winter

Gloomy view of the Eiffel Tower

CroissantA rich, buttery croissant from the local patisserie

Notre Dame

Notre Dame on a particularly dreary day

New Years Eve at Sacre Coeur

New Year’s Eve Madness at Sacre Coeur

Winter Window Shopping

Christmas window shopping near Saint Germain

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6 Responses to Winter in Paris

  1. Your photographs are dreamy. Paris is such a beautiful city. Are you stuffed full of croissants and galette des rois now though?!

  2. Lauri Candee says:

    I love Paris and am living vicariously thru your photos 🙂 I also love that your words convey that you are savoring every moment and appreciating your good fortune to be there. Bon appetit!

  3. Leah says:

    Enjoy this experience! Such beautiful photos. You are missed here at home!

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