A Snowy Day in Paris | February 2018

Paris is breathtaking in the snow and I feel so lucky to have experienced it. In January, I accepted a new job and knew I wanted to travel before starting.

I also knew I wanted some time with Brian to relax and explore because we would be apart for a few months—which ultimately turned out to be six months. Luckily, Brian had a work trip to Paris planned and I was trying to burn my remaining leave.

We were meant to take a direct flight - but due to the unexpected snow in Paris, our flight was delayed. What was meant to be a 7 hour direct flight became a 12 hour travel day plus an additional hour and half at the Paris airport dealing with Brian’s lost bag. It took so long to get his bag back that he ended up having to buy a whole new wardrobe!

Ultimately, we spent the rest of our first day in the hotel resting, and eating some goodies from the local boulangerie!

The next morning, we walked across the city—for what should have been 40 minutes but ended up being 1 hour— in the midst of snow to get to Constant Cafe, which was recommended to us by a friend. It was worth it. I mean, I’d walk that far just to get a good cappuccino, but we also got great croissants, fresh orange juice, and yogurt!

The additional benefit of the cafe was that it was only a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower!

After a while of being in the snow - even our water proof jackets could no longer take it. We were soaking wet! But the walk and the experience, were totally worth it.

From the Eiffel Tower, we walked across the Seine to the Pallais de Chaillot (a great photo location). We then walked to the Arc De Triomphe, down the Champs-Elysees, to the Louvre.

Now, we didn’t go into the Louvre, but it’s worth making it over there to just experience the architecture. The museum used to be a palace and, if the weather is nice, you should grab a baguette, some wine and cheese, and have a picnic in the gardens!

As you can probably tell from these photos, my photographer heart loves all the lines!! And, there are lines on lines on lines around there.

From the Louvre, we decided it was time for a drink. Luckily, my best friend Caitlin had sent me an entire list of her Paris favorites. She lived there for five years and was my host the first time I visited in 2010.

We made our way from the Louvre, past the Institute de France, to the Highlander Scottish Pub where we enjoyed a stout and cider while getting to catch up on the winter Olympics.

After a few more hours at the pub than we expected, we started making our way back to our hotel and stumbled upon all the stores, restaurants, and excitement on Boulevard Saint-Germain.

By this time we were cold to our bones and all we wanted was something warm, so of course, while in Paris, we did as the Parisians did—we got ramen.

Brian’s greatest love—maybe more than me—is ramen. On the other hand, one of my favorite foods is pork buns. Luckily, we ended up at one of the best ramen chains in the world, Ippudo, which also serves an amazing pork bun.

Finally - we went back to the hotel and passed out. This is only part one of a four part series from our trip. Catch the rest below:

Part 2: A Versailles Morning

Part 3: Montmartre Food Tour

Part 4: Our Last Day in Paris

List of Recommendations:

  • Must Sees:

    • Eiffel Tower - walk across to Pallais de Chaillot to take the photos you’ve seen everyone else take on Instagram—and me above—with the tower in the background!

    • Arc De Triomphe - worth seeing, just don’t get hit by a car trying to get a good picture!

    • Louvre - At least stop by to see the palace and enjoy the beautiful park outside. I hear the inside is beautiful worth seeing as well - but I haven’t.

    • Institute de France - I’ve never been in but it’s definitely beautiful from outside and right across the seine from the Louvre.

  • Shopping

  • Food:

    • Constant Cafe - near the Eiffel Tower, great croissants and coffee, a typical Parisian breakfast place!

    • Ippudo - ramen and pork buns! Near Boulevard St. Germain.

    • Highlander Scottish Pub - great for a beer, cider or the catch the game.

MY #1 TIP: I highly recommend you do what I do and open all the above in our Google Maps account and save them! When you are in Paris you can quickly open up your map app and find the recommendations closest to you - making travel so much easier and laid back!