Sometimes I get emails or comments from readers with general questions about visiting (or living in) Paris or France, and I decided to make a new blog category to address these. (So, if you find that your original comment was deleted and "upgraded" to a Reader Mail post, you'll know why!)
Today, it's all about the cold weather and how to prepare for it. C.J. writes:
It's true, we had snow again yesterday, but nothing like we had last month where it stayed cold and frozen for a week afterward. Yesterday's morning snow was nearly rained out by noon. It HAS been colder again the past few days, but remember it's February and that's normal for northern Europe.
Still, I haven't noticed the winter weather dampening the resolve of tourists to come to Paris... they're everywhere, comme d'habitude. So don't be nervous... just make sure to bring a warm coat and dress in layers. I've been wearing a tank top or T-shirt (sometimes long-sleeved) underneath my normal shirts or sweaters, and of course since French fashion dictates wearing scarves, you can dress up your look with your favorite scarf and keep it on even when you're indoors with your coat off, for a little extra warmth. Do have gloves and something to cover your head; Paris can get quite windy at times.
If it's extra cold, just use that as an excuse to duck into any café and have a cup of coffee or a chocolat chaud to defrost yourself before heading out to your next tourist destination! And remember, even if it's cold, it's still PARIS so just enjoy yourself anyway.
Me? I'll be spending the upcoming weekend in the SOUTH of France, visiting some French family members with Georges. It's not exactly T-shirt weather there, yet, but it will be nice to get a break from the cold. Jealous?