It has been a long time coming, but finally, my photos from January in Paris are going up. This was my third time visiting the city, first time in winter, and last time that I am there without a boyfriend :P, friends and family just dont cut it in the city of Love. I understand (and am very jealous) that a lot of people will be heading abroad over the next few months for a European summer, so my winter posts are a little untimely. No need to worry, check out my travels in Paris from 2012 if you want to swap seasons. Personally, I enjoyed Paris in the winter. There is something about the cold weather, rugged up fashion, warm hot chocolates, French pastries, Christmas markets, fairy lights and mulled wine that make it that bit more special.
On this trip, we stayed in the Latin Quarter, right near the Jardin du Luxembourg gardens (which you can see below). Paris is huge, so it can often be confusing when picking a place to stay. From my research, I would recommend St Germain ( as my first pick. The area is beautiful, central and full of great food and shopping. I also liked the Latin Quarter but some parts were a bit too touristy and the food was a bit hit and miss. In the 7th Arrondissement you will find the Tour de Eiffel, which is convenient and beautiful, but rather quiet at night. If you want to stay near the Champs Élysées, it will be quite expensive, but you can find some absolutely stunning hotels that would most likely cost an arm and a leg in the high season. Now that I think about it, I believe it is always high season in Paris. Summer or Winter alike, there are people and tourists everywhere.
I have many Parisian photos, so I will try to break them up as best as possible. Today is a collection from our morning at the Jardin du Luxembourg Gardens and Palais. We started off with a typical French breakfast of short coffee and pastries at a little cafe, before heading across the road for a stroll. The leaves had fallen and the trees were grey and brown, but the gardens in their immaculate state always seem to impress. The Palais is the home of the French Senate, and the gardens surrounding make up the public park, which is the largest in Paris.
…and now, may you dream of Paris, holidays, Europe & French pastries.
Have a fantastic long weekend xxx