Paris in Winter Has a Perfectly Lovely Patina

We had one full day in Paris in winter. Tempting as it would have been to load an agenda furiously full, we went unscripted.


January had washed Paris in a misty sepia. We set out on the relatively short walk from our Trocadero hotel toward the Eiffel Tower, inhaling the city and saying very little.





ParisAs we ascended the Tower, the patina of Paris in winter further softened.

Paris Eiffel Tower


It lay before us like a painting, shrouded, mysterious, subdued.



Along the Quai d’Orsay, the mood continued. Even the traffic noise felt suppressed.

Paris Quai d'Orsay

Paris Quai d'Orsay

Returning to the Trocadero, the evening had a golden glow.


Paris in winter

This taste of Paris in winter was perfect. Our friend, Noel Morata, recently spent a perfect day in Paris, too. Check out his lovely springtime photos.

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Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Hi Betsy .. it does sound as though the whole trip was perfect ... and you were able to do what you wanted, when you wanted .. and not feel rushed or crushed in the ensuing dash around town. Paris is lovely and I'm so pleased you just let its ambience settle over you ..

Cheers and here's to you both and your happy memories ... Hilary

Betsy Wuebker

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Hi Hilary - Just as long as we're clear that I plan to return to Paris. ;-)