While Paris is not generally a warm or even sunny city (think London, with a couple of days less of rain each year) it’s generally not cold either. Since I arrived back in 1997, I’ve hardly seen much snow compared to what I grew up with in the Philadelphia area, let alone what my friends in Cleveland were used to seeing.
That said, the last few winters have brought more snow than usual. I’ve seen maybe 3 or 4 inches of snow here before, but it was gone quickly as the day warmed up and everything melted. This weekend has been highly unusual. John says that he remembers a winter storm in the late 1980s where there was closer to 7 or 8 inches of snow and as of Sunday afternoon here in Paris, we’re pretty much around that number.
On Friday night, I snapped a quick photo of the terrace thinking it may all be gone by the morning.
Much to my surprise, there was more on Saturday morning.
It did not snow until Saturday evening so here’s the view Sunday morning.
It’s so unusual to see here, so we figured we would take a walk and see how Paris was managing. The bus system has been shut down and cars were mostly staying off of the roads. Usually the intersection of Boulevard Montparnasse and Boulevard Raspail is busy but today, not so much.
For whatever reason, lots of Parisians were walking in the snow with umbrellas. I admit that I’ve never seen this before, but today they were everywhere.
The Jardins du Luxembourg were busy with families playing in the snow.
What I did not see anywhere was the city snow plow truck. It’s probably still packed away from when they used it in the late 1980s. Sidewalks were also hit or miss in terms of being cleaned up. As I mentioned yesterday, I would have no idea where to find a snow shovel here because we just don’t need them most years.
It’s all nice to look at but I’m still hoping for warmer weather so I can get back to my winter cycling. January is usually around 42F and drizzle but we haven’t seen that in a week. Warmer temperatures sound pretty good right now and March can’t get here quickly enough for me.