Posts Tagged ‘January’

January in Paris

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We will be honest with you…January in Paris can be VERY cold.  The average temperature hovers around 38 degrees.  The good news is that it is a very dry month.  As long as you are bundled up, walking around the city is wonderful and easy!

We have scoured the calenders and blogs for our top picks of things to do in January.  Here you go:

1.  Visit the Jeu de Paume and see the Diane Arbus exhibit.  While this exhibit is not particularly French, it is amazing.  We saw it in California.  It is in your face and and somewhat humorous.   The exhibit isn’t too large so schedule just a quick visit for a mid-day art fix.

2.  From January 16-23, you can celebrate the Chinese New Year in Paris.  Chinatown is within the 13th arrondissement.

3.  Go to a concert!  We love the website called Gigs in Paris .  It lists the concert dates and venues but also links you to the You Tube channels of the bands playing.

4.  January is for the dogs…really!  The Paris Dog Show will be held January 7 and 8 at the Bois de Vincennes.

5.  Take a gourmet history walk with Promendaes Gormandes. From stories of 11th century knights to seeing the historic ovens of the famed Poilâne bakery (we’ve seen this, it is FANTASTIC), no matter how many times you’ve been to Paris, you’ll finish the walk with a new appreciation of gourmet Paris.

Now you are armed with a few things to look forward to doing in January when you are in Paris.  We have many more suggestions that we can offer customized to you and your needs and desires.  Our Reservation Specialist,  Emily, is at your service to help plan your best trip possible.

Paris Year Around

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

There is never really a bad time to see Paris, but preparing and knowing what to pack can be challenging. So, here’s the brief low-down on preparing for your trip to the City of Love and some advice to help prospective travelers choose an ideal travel-time.

Year Round: Bring comfortable shoes & an umbrella for annual rain. Pack lightly to save room for Parisian fashion, and pack loose clothes for delectable Parisian cuisine (wine, bread & chocolate!). Since Paris has so much to offer, renting a Paris vacation apartment is many times a more comfortable and economical option for extended stays.

Winter is an enchanting time for a visit (Valentine’s day in Paris?!) with low crowds and prices. December marks the beginning of ski season, holiday décor/shopping, ice-skating, and one of the best New Years parties in the world. Jan/Feb offer post-holiday sales and the famous Parisian Mardi Gras. Yes, Mardi Gras doesn’t just happen in New Orleans! Be sure to pack warmly though (36-45oF averages) and don’t forget your skis/snowboard, which can easily be stored in your hotel or Paris rental apartment.

Spring in Paris is about a lot of things, but first and foremost, its about flowers & chocolate! March is the perfect month for the crowd-fearing traveler and those who wish to visit a warmer Paris at lower prices. For the sweet tooth, the Easter chocolate in April is absolutely divine. May is another popular and warmer month when Spring is in full force and is great for hiking, sightseeing & wine tasting.

Summer in Paris is the most crowded, expensive & hottest time for travel. Nevertheless, summer in Paris is full of celebration (Tour De France, Bastille Day) and is always a good time. June-August temperatures average 75oF, but the heat & humidity can peak, so pack light since hotels may not offer air conditioning. Most of CobbleStay’s luxury Paris apartments offer AC, but rest assured you will know in advance if they don’t, so you can pack accordingly.

Fall in Paris is ideal for wine-lovers with the annual wine-harvest beginning amidst the beautifully fall-colored leaves. September still provides warmer climates and with tourists returning to work & school, prices & crowds begin to dwindle.

For more detailed information on what to expect when arriving to the city, ask your friendly CobbleStay.com representative.