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.
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.
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.
Below are my favorite snapshots from the past two weeks of winter in Paris.
Legendary Macarons from Lauduree
Winter along the Seine
Gloomy view of the Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame on a particularly dreary day
New Year’s Eve Madness at Sacre Coeur
Christmas window shopping near Saint Germain