A Year in Paris wouldn’t be complete without snow. It is rare in Paris, but it does happen. When I moved in 2013, it was on my wish list of experiences. It snowed in January and I had doubts that it would snow again when I moved in February. I got my wish not once, but twice. It felt like seeing snow for the first time. The city was so quiet and calm. I walked until my fingers and toes were absolutely freezing and I couldn’t walk anymore. I wish I would have made it to the Eiffel Tower. But I was able to cover Montmartre and Place des Vosges and I am grateful for that. A lot of these images I haven’t shared yet. They have been in my archives since 2013. I rarely delete any photos off of my cards and I do my best to back everything up. As I a working on A Year in Paris, I have been pulling images from my archives and I discovered these gems.
Tomorrow, snow is expected in Paris. I wish I could jump on a plane and experience it all over again. Social media has changed things for sure and I have no doubt the streets will be a little busier to get that perfect Instagram Paris snow photo. I will always cherish these memories of snow in Paris and I am so happy to share them with you.
I remember this photo well. My feet hurt just looking at this. My ugg boots were soaked and my toes were completely frozen. I walked to Place des Vosges to capture Paris in the snow. I was grinning ear to ear. It was nearly empty and so quiet just after freshly fallen snow. The Guardian kept asking me if I wanted a photo and I refused over and over until I finally said yes. I am so happy I did! I look a mess and I would yell at myself for that outfit now (I was wearing a sleeping bag for a coat). But sometimes perfection takes over too much and we miss out on capturing the memories. This is one of my only photos of myself in Paris those first couple of months.
P.S. If you are headed to Paris in the Winter, don’t miss my post on what to pack and what to wear. I wish I knew this when I arrived in 2013.
I love this one in particular because you can see the apple blossoms on the trees, and the snow is falling. You have the contrast of both Spring and Winter in the same image.
This was the view outside my apartment in Montmartre in 2013. I was so excited to see snow covering the rooftops. It was the most magical experience.