I just returned from a whirlwind winter trip to Paris and Rome.
It was one of those trips where you hit the ground running immediately (as in you barely take a bathroom break out of the airport before you start scouring the city) and you walk more everyday than you EVER do in real life (which is a good thing considering all those croissants). Then you take zillions of photos and see all these inspiring sights before you stagger back onto the airplane dehydrated and exhausted.
Seriously, if I could keep up my “travel pace” in real life, I would have multiple doctorate degrees and be a CEO of a company and be the mother of 10 children and I don’t even know what else.
In any case, this was the first time I visited Paris in the winter, and it’s my new favorite time of year there. I loved all the lights, markets, holiday food, shop window displays, and even the gray overcast sky. This city in winter has such a cozy atmosphere when it’s cold. It’s perfect for drinking hot chocolate and going ice skating (which I DID on the Champs Elysees grooving to Gangnam Style. More to come on that).
Our hotel The New Orient Hotel (highly recommended for location and value) was near the Montmartre neighborhood, home to the famous Sacre Coeur Cathedral, so that was our main destination the first day. We walked through the kooky streets of Montmartre, past the Moulin Rouge, multiple tattoo parlors, a Fragonard perfume store, and adorable chocolate shops until we reached the majestic church.
My eyes are open and I’m drinking hot chocolate, but I’m actually asleep
This was the perfect first day in Paris, and it also happened to be Dec 24th. Stay tuned for what happens in Paris on Christmas Day.
Have you ever been to Paris in the winter? Have you visited Montmartre?