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7 ways to spend a winter’s day in Paris

Paris is one of the most exquisite cities in the world. Impressive elements of French culture hit you at every turn as you wander street after street of beautiful architecture, designer clothes shops, tasty patisseries, impressive art galleries and music venues.

It’s known to be the most romantic city in the world – and for good reason. So what better time to visit than during the winter months, when you can revel in the crisp, frosty air and spend your evenings rapped up warm, sipping wine or exploring the hectic Paris nightlife?

The Arc de Triomphe, looking beautiful in the snow

Here are my top tips for how to spend a wintery day in Paris.

Wander along the Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe

You’ll need to wrap up warm for this next one. Take a walk along the Champs Elysees, a wide avenue clogged full of hotels and the most amazing shops in Paris, that cumulates in one of France’s most famous monuments, the Arc de Triomphe.

The monument honours the soldiers who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and is undoubtedly impressive. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the famous street looks particularly festive and atmospheric as fairy lights line the way, creating a nicely Christmassy scene.

Go to the Ballet

As Paris is the most romantic city in the world and what better way to indulge in a bit of romantic behaviour than at the ballet.

The Palais Garnier is a huge, and utterly spectacular, theatre in the heart of Paris, the ceiling was painted by artist Marc Chengall and is the prefect example of the classic art Paris is known for.

Book early for a show here as they sell out quickly and it will no doubt be a memorable experience.

The exquisite ceiling of the Palais Garnier opera house

Get your (ice) skates on

What better way to spend a wintery afternoon in Paris than by zipping up your skates and hitting the ice (maybe literally) on an outdoor rink, surrounded by some of Paris’s most impressive and beautiful architecture.

One of the most popular places to take to the outdoor ice is near Châtelet in the area around the Hôtel de Ville (that’s the City Hall to you and me). It’s thriving around the festive season and at a size of 1200 square metres it’s big enough for the flocks of people looking for that fun winter experience.

And the best thing about this rink? It’s free if you have your own skates and a measly 5Euros if you need to hire some.

Indulge your creative side at the Louvre

A trip to Paris just isn’t complete without a visit to the world’s most famous art gallery, home to what is probably the most famous painting in the world; the Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci.

A prefect place to spend your time if there’s a chill in the air, you can easily spend a full day wandering around the huge gallery and absorbing the thousands of artworks on show, in fact a day won’t be anywhere near enough – I’d block out your week if you want to see it all.

Hunt Gargoyles at Notre Dame

Notre Dame the exquisite, gothic Roman Catholic cathedral on the banks of the River Seine was built between 1163 and 1240 and is probably one of the most famous religious buildings in the world.

It’s impossible not to be awestruck by its impressive architecture and spiritual ambiance, which is why it gets a spot on my list. The gargoyles perched on the top and sides of the cathedral add a spooky twist that balances perfectly with the chill of a winter’s day making winter a great time to experience this amazing building.

The menacing looking gargoyles of Notre Dame

Go Wine tasting

Wine tasting is a really fun way to spend a winter’s day in Paris because it involves 2 perfect ingredients: warmth and wine – lots of wine.

2 of the most renowned classes are at Ô Château and BKWine where you can spend hours in historic wine cellars learning about how to select a proper wine to go with your meal. Then head to one of Paris’s classiest bars to put your new found knowledge to the test – happy boozing!

Get down to some Jazz

A great way to end a day of chilly sightseeing is a visit to one of Paris’s super cool jazz clubs. The most famous global names in jazz often come to Paris to play and it’s possible to catch them at well known venues through out the city.

New Morning is one such venue. A small place on the Rue des Petites Écuries that frequently hosts experimental jazz musicians and is frequented by Paris’s young and cool crowd.

If you’ve been tempted to take a wintery jaunt to Paris to roam the city and experience some of the cultural treats France has to offer, why not jump abroad the Eurostar and take a look at our options for some great hotels.
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  1. Avijit Chattopadhaya

    Hi

    Could you please let me know about short day Europe tour ?

    We are planning to go some time around August 2015

    743 days ago

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