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Winter has finally arrived in Paris. Some days are crisp and sunny, others damp and grey. Either way, it is cold, but that is no reason to stay idle. To help you find your way across the French capital in this season, we have compiled a few ideas for you to keep your body warm and your mood high.
Walking around the city’s large avenues and boulevards can be reinvigorating! If you are equipped with the right winter accessories, any excuse to stay out of the busy metro is a good excuse. As Keziah Jones put it in his song about two lovers engaging in romance in Paris, ‘leave the cafes and the bars’ and ‘walk the wintry boulevards.’ You can trust the Nigerian bluesman to know what he is talking about: he was living in the French capital when he was discovered busking in the Paris metro.
On a clear, crisp winter day, the sunset colors in the Parisian sky are truly stunning. The best way to get the full pink sky experience is to rise above the building rooftops. Why the Eiffel tower in particular? Not just because this is the most iconic landmark, but also because experiencing the sparkling lights from within the tower at nightfall brings a little extra magic. Besides, walking up the stairs to the first and second floors will definitely warm you up. Alternative options include the top of the Montparnasse tower (indoor location!) and the Sacré-Coeur (more steps to climb!). For a full experience, be sure to have the right soundtrack on your headphones!
Mix Paris magic with exotic sounds for a night out that will definitely warm you up! Paris boasts countless international music venues, and many of them, including La Bellevilloise and more recently Centre Musical FGO Barbara organize world music concerts and clubbing. If you are more into Latin music, then Tropical Discoteq is what you are looking for: cumbia, calypso, reggae, funk, and more. The Pavillon du Lac in Parc des Buttes Chaumont hosts a Tropical Discoteq every Tuesday – a riotous mid-week occasion to warm yourself up by hitting the dance floor!
Every night, all year round, Paris hosts countless comedies and stand up shows in small theatres across the city. But vaudeville plays can be confusing when French is not your native language. Do not worry, we can help you put a smile on that winter-bluesy face! Every Tuesday and Friday, Paname Comedy Club hosts English-speaking stand up by French Fried Comedy. On stage, English-speaking expats give a hilarious look at cultural differences and strange habits they have to put up with in their daily life in Paris. You can also check out New York Comedy Night every Friday at Theatre Gymnase Marie Bell.
Visiting the covered passages is like taking a trip back to the gilded turn of the century. With charming boutiques, cafés and terraces, art galleries and curiosities, walking the covered passages is just like walking the streets of Paris, with the extra perk of letting large stained-glass ceilings shelter you from the cold or the rain.