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Visiting Paris during Spring and Fall

14 Feb Visiting Paris during Spring and Fall

Paris, the romantic capital of France is a perfect blend of history and modernism. Known for its art, tradition, and culture, Paris is worth visiting every day of the year. Whether you are arriving at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport or by train, transfers into the city by T2 Transfer is a very convenient option, though you could take the bus, metro, or the RER trains too. Being one of the most visited cities in the world, this ‘City of Love’ is crowded with tourists throughout the year. And why not? From world-famous parks and impressive street markets to festivals and classy sidewalk cafes, Paris always has plenty to offer for the discerning traveler.

Spring in Paris

The seasonal flora is set to amaze, as the city’s spring is in full bloom. Though Paris isn’t typically wrapped up by freezing temperatures, the spring warm-up is still a glee. After a few months of cold, a little rain, and lots of dark clouds, the sight of new flowers, greenery, and the mellow sunshine is always refreshing – to Parisians and visitors alike.

Paris boasts a superb variety of green spaces where you can stroll, picnic, and indulge in all sorts of outdoor entertainment during spring. Exploring the city’s collection of parks is also a great chance to learn about its history, soak up the charming Parisian lifestyle, and discover some of the most stunning landscaped gardens in the world.

The city celebrates the Nuit des Musee (Night of Museums), a cultural event that allows nighttime revelers to visit some of Paris’ great museums. For one night only, various art centers and galleries across the city open their doors so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy culture in an amazing, special way: late at night, and completely free of charge.

Paris, the shopping paradise, is brimming with fascinating markets offering everything from food and drinks to books and antiques. Whether you’re looking for fresh garden produce, vintage goods, or just want to immerse yourself in the local culture, the French capital offers an outstanding variety of permanent, weekly, covered, or outdoor fairs to choose from. Spring is a great time to explore them.

In the run-up to Easter, Paris’ chocolatiers compete to see who can produce the most beautiful window displays. A walk along the Boulevard Saint-Germain will take you past the strongest contenders.

For sports enthusiasts, this is the perfect time to visit. Apart from the Paris Marathon, the French Open tennis tournament, Paris’ largest annual sporting event, also commences in late Spring.

Fall in Paris

For lower travel rates and considerably shorter lines at attractions, you can plan a visit to Paris during the Fall. Beautiful fall colors, sunny weather, and about a million different cafe terraces to choose from, and you’ll understand why fall is the perfect time to plan your Parisian getaway. Visiting Paris after the summer rush means running into fewer tourists. This also means getting opportunities to interact with more locals at restaurants, cafes, and shops. Certainly, the best possible way to feel the life of Paris. Paris has a large-sized expat population which means that you can get to experience multiple cultures while in the city.

Take advantage of the autumn weather by sampling some of the city’s best hot chocolate. Drink up at Angelina, Les Deux Magots, Ladurée, and Les Marquis de Ladurée. The best thing to do once the leaves start to fall off the trees and the temperatures start to drop is to lay your hands on a good book, head to a terrace and enjoy some scones with jam and a cup of warm hot chocolate. The Parisians love their terraces so much that they will do their very best to make the outdoor space as warm and inviting as possible.

There is no better time to visit Versailles than during the fall. The gardens never look as pretty as they do during autumn—the park now looks a lot like a glowing watercolor painting. If it gets too chilly to enjoy the outdoors, then there are more than enough things to see inside the mind-blowing palace. There are plenty of great events and exhibitions going on in Paris during fall.

Paris never fails to amaze. Be it the city’s shopping experiences, the innumerable historical attractions or its parks and boulevards, it is perhaps one city where the tourist will never be out of options. Whether you are culturally inclined, or one who loves nature, or a sports enthusiast, or even a kid, the city would have something for you.

  • Lori
    Posted at 22:41h, 22 February Reply

    I think I’m in love! With the one-night-only free pass to the city’s museums and the autumn hot chocolate…it all sounds perfect. I’ve heard Paris is beautiful in the winter too, and of course in the rain. Sounds like it’s just beautiful any time of year!!

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    Posted at 08:05h, 24 February Reply

    Wow, Paris is really my dream place to visit. I truly love how you were able to capture the vibes in Paris during winter and Fall. I truly love to experience them both since we don’t have winter and fall in our country. Your photos are really beautiful as well and would love to amble around the City’s museum. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • Eloise
    Posted at 08:23h, 24 February Reply

    I lived near Paris most of my life, and these are my two favourite seasons there! No need to explain why when you see the beautiful vibrant contrasts in your photos 😉
    I haven’t been to Versailles Castle during Fall. But after reading your comment about it, I think I should go. Too bad my next trip to France will be in Summer!!!!

  • Deby
    Posted at 15:13h, 25 February Reply

    Thankfully, the someday will be here sooner than we know it.

  • Ilana
    Posted at 05:35h, 26 February Reply

    Autumn is a suc a romantic place to visit Paris! Spring is not bad either but I agree that autumn is just a bit different there than during the rest of the year!

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