Paris: Your 12-month rundown
Date Posted: 31/12/14
A trip to Paris is certain to enthrall, amaze and inspire wonderment. The city of love never fails to impress, with its incredible array of cultural landmarks and things to do enchanting thousands of visitors every year. But what time of year should you visit? Take a look at our calendar below and work out the best possible month to take your trip. Bon voyage!
Although it's cold, Paris is still a magical place to be at this time of year. Fashionistas flood the streets in anticipation of the Haute Couture shows at Paris Fashion week. And shoppers should take particular advantage of the after-holiday sales.
The most romantic time to be in the city as the Parisians get romantic in time for Valentine's Day. Climb up the Eiffel Tower with your beloved. Enjoy a nice bottle of Bordeaux together in one of the restaurants. Or just sit and enjoy a coffee together in a cafe overlooking the Seine.
Paris celebrates the first signs of spring with a splendid show of fairs, exhibitions and fun events. Try to time your visit with the Paris Book Fair for an extra special experience.
The events and festivities are already transferring to the outdoors, with the Paris Marathon and Paris Blues Festival both worth attending. Family fun at the Foire du Trone fair brings rides, carousels and more to the city.
Summer is just around the corner, and May promises to celebrate it in style with the Versailles Jazz Festival and the French Open. Pack up a picnic and head to one of the city's magnificent gardens.
Packed with musical events, festivals and atmosphere, June is one of the best times to enjoy Paris and its many attractions.
Summer truly gets going in July, with the lively Carnaval Tropical, Bastille Day and Tour de France among the highlights in the calendar. With so many people travelling to the city, you can be sure of having plenty to do.
Many Parisians actually leave the city during August as travellers flood here to experience exhibitions at the Louvre, Sacre Coeur and other important Paris landmarks. Expect outdoor cinema and plenty of free music events.
The more authentic Paris atmosphere returns but the warm weather stays for a while, making this the perfect time to visit the city. Explore the top museums and monuments with fewer crowds to battle.
An excellent time to come to the city as the trees and gardens blaze orange with the autumnal colours. Strolling through the falling leaves in the Luxembourg Gardens and the Champ de Mars is a great activity during October.
Experience a bit of pomp and grandeur during the annual Armistice Day parade down the Champs-Elysées on the 11th or try the new Beaujolais Nouveau wines during November in Paris. There's also a festive hint in the air, making it all the more fun.
But of course, the city's Christmas celebrations don't really get underway until December, when you will be greeted with all kinds of festive markets and gorgeous decorations. Do a spot of Christmas shopping or just sit inside enjoying mulled wine and baked goodies. The perfect way to end 2015, don't you think?
Posted by Vikki Slathers
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