January in Paris is bitterly cold. For the 3 days we were there the temperature didn’t reach 5 degrees, and the final day blessed us with a temperature of -1 and a downpour of snow. Although a minimum of 4 layers are compulsory at all times of the day; there are serious rewards to be reaped by travelling in off season. It’s very easy to get a table in central restaurants; there are hardly any queues at attractions and the luxury of slightly cheaper hotel room rates.
Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Louvre. The metro system in Paris is fantastic and drops you right in the shopping centre; which is the entrance to the museum. Although I can’t claim I’m a massive art lover, seeing the Mona Lisa was an amazing opportunity. I would recommend getting the audio guides; they only cost €5 extra and you will get so much more enjoyment and understanding from your trip. Tickets for the Louvre are €15, however, if you are under 26 years old and from the EU, you don’t actually have to buy a ticket providing you have valid ID.
For the first two nights in the city, the air was thick and misty, meaning the top of the Eiffel Tower was impossible to see. Luckily, by the final evening the air cleared, and we took the elevator up to the second floor. The view is absolutely incredible. We sipped hot chocolates and took in the view of the city before wandering back through the streets to drink white wine and people watch for the remainder of the night.
Au revoir Paris, we will be back.
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