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javamoma
09-03-2008, 08:48 AM
We are thinking of going to Paris in the off season (january or febuary) to save thousands of dollars, literally! Has anyone traveled there this time of year? What is the downside of the off season? I am headed to get a guidebook tomorrow but I am dying to hear someone's personal experience. Is it cold, wet, and rainy? Is it worth it or will going during off season ruin our first Paris experience? It must be said that is we do not go in off season, we cannot afford to go at all.

TiggerMomNine
09-03-2008, 09:45 AM
We went to Paris (and London & Luxembourg) last March. We were in Europe for about two weeks. We only got rained on once, in Luxembourg, on the day we arrived there.

The temps were nice and it was usually cloudy or overcast. We wore pants and took light jackets.

It was fabulous!

I would recommend a little hotel near the Eifel Tower by the name of Hotel Valadon - it was very charming, had good location, and very nice proprietors.

I'd be glad to give you more info, if you're interested.

Have a wonderful trip!

Kitzka
09-03-2008, 10:12 AM
Just suscibring as i would love to know as well. i would love to go to europe in feb or march 2010 for DH and my late anniversary.

lara

wendy46001
09-03-2008, 10:40 AM
We normally go in March as well....its a bit rainy and cold
but as a florida girl i guess my idea of cold is kind of off

Still Paris is a wonderful city, but its a walking city...so be prepared to grab an umbrella and get a little wet...if your up for that you'll have a great time

xanman
09-03-2008, 11:10 AM
We have gone both of those months, and really like it. Just make sure to bring a scarf, it gets windy, and bundle up. The weather doesn't really matter that much because, when you think about it, alot of what you want to see is indoors. Some of the monuments you will see from the outside, but the museums, shops, restaurants etc. will all be inside. Not as crowded either, so you can see much more. I would not hesitate, go for it!!

Fizzgig
09-03-2008, 11:16 AM
We went for 8 days in December 2005. It was very cold and grey. The Metro and Louvre are not stroller friendly. We stayed in Renaissance La Defense, which was steps away from Metro line 1, I believe, which made for a quick trip to Champs Elysee sights.

Hope that helps!

TDERadulski
09-03-2008, 11:21 AM
We currently live in Brussels (moving back to the states - Texas - in three weeks!). I have to say, nothing beats Paris in the Spirng...LATE spring, but that is high season and much more crowded.

The weather is cold and rainy in January/February. You may luck out and get a few days without rain, but it will be cold. It also gets dark very early. That beaing said, if you don't mind traveling with a bit more gear (layers of clothes and a warm, waterproof coat/hat/scarf/gloves/boots/umbrella) - you can definately find some great bargains!! I went in November and the wait to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower was still over an hour...and the wait in the cold wind was almost unbearable...but worth it once we reached the top!! There are always tour groups all around the city and the museums will still be crowded (as people will linger longer to stay out of the rain and cold). All that being said, Paris is an amazing city! There is a very efficient metro system or even better the buses (so you are above ground and you can see the city as you travel from point to point). If the ONLY way you can get there is to go off season, then go for it...just come prepared. However, if you can save your money for a little longer and maybe take a trip in later spring in a few years, you won't regret waiting. The city is gorgeous in the springtime.
Good luck with your decision and happy travels!

Nik's Mom
09-03-2008, 11:27 AM
Did anyone venture over to Disneyland Paris? I wonder how bad it is to tour DL or any outdoor activity in the cold of winter?

xanman
09-03-2008, 11:39 AM
We went and it was a beautiful winter day, no rain, not too cold, and not crowded! Again, I would say, go for it!! We have been in Florida at WDW for Christmas/New Years and it was so cold and rainy we had to wear coats, scarfs, mittens etc. The weather is always a variable that you just have to deal with.

shortbun
09-03-2008, 11:51 AM
I LOVE Paris. That said, no gardens(Versailles, Monet, Tuilleries) in January/February. No roses crawling up trellises, no street vendors or artists outside at Montmarte. Check the museum schedules, they may be a bit limited. Good prices on hotels compared to what the dollar buys in Summer. Air fare is a bargain again comparatively. I'd go to Paris anytime. Try to find a hotel with a fireplace in the lobby. :)

leebee
09-03-2008, 12:02 PM
We went in April 2008 with DD14's ballet company. Stayed 5 nights in the Loire Valley (put on a ballet with a company there) and then 4 nights in Paris at the Hotel Opera Cadet. Nice hotel with b'fast, very convenient to the subway line (Cadet), friendly neighbor of little shops, food stands, etc. The weather was mixed in April, sometimes overcast, drizzly, cool, sometimes warm and sunny. We paid THROUGH THE NOSE for airfare and hotel, travelling in April. Grab a good fare while you can, if that's what it takes to get to Paris!! I loved it and cannot wait to take DH there!

Kitty-chan
09-03-2008, 12:03 PM
I've been to Paris twice...never in the winter, but so many of my favorite things to do there are indoors anyway! There are a ton of fabulous museums, including Les Invalides, the Rodin Museum, and the Pompidou. Also, because I am quirky, I got a huge kick out of the sewer museum.

I love Disneyland Paris...I'm planning to be there next summer, yay! I wouldn't hesitate to go in winter, especially as I believe the crowds would be lighter (except during holiday weeks). The dragon who lives under the castle simply should not be missed! Here's a picture I took in August 1005 (and a link to my trip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=905635)):

http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/9216/p90200058yj.th.jpg (http://img391.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p90200058yj.jpg)

QT Pooh
09-03-2008, 12:21 PM
Also when you're in Paris...check out the Pere Lachaise cemetery. They have a lot of famous people buried there...Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Jim Morrison, Sara Bernhardt & much more. Read up on it...it's a pretty neat place.

eliza61
09-03-2008, 01:04 PM
Subscribing,
I'm hoping to go early April '09

Tinkerbelle32
09-03-2008, 02:18 PM
O.K. we are also trying to decide spending Christmas in Europe(Germany and Paris) or take a cruise. We would have friends to visit in Germany and we love Paris so much. Was just there in March and the weather was quite nice. Not trying to hijack a thread but is the Holiday worth the cold weather? Thanks!

pilgrimage
09-03-2008, 02:40 PM
The winter Christmas decorations are stunning in Dec, previous poster.
I lived in Europe 2 1/2 years on business. While cold, a big attraction
for me were the museums and churches. Be sure to see St. Chapelle
for its stunning stained glass. Take the time to tour Notre Dame
and maybe stay for a service.The beauty and reverence of the service was very moving.

prncess674
09-03-2008, 03:01 PM
Question for the OP - Are you going with kiddies or this an adults only trip? I love going in the winter. You can snuggle up under umbrellas and get cozy in little cafes. It is all a matter of what you really want to do. The dollar to the Euro is so bad, you may want to try another destination where your dollar goes further. One option to consider is Buenos Airies, which is considered the Paris of South America.

javamoma
09-03-2008, 03:22 PM
O.K. we are also trying to decide spending Christmas in Europe(Germany and Paris) or take a cruise. We would have friends to visit in Germany and we love Paris so much. Was just there in March and the weather was quite nice. Not trying to hijack a thread but is the Holiday worth the cold weather? Thanks!

Hijack away. I'm drewling while I read all this!

bavaria
09-03-2008, 03:27 PM
It doesn't always get cold. Paris can be anywhere from 0 to 15 degrees November - March, clear or cloudy or rainy. But for Americans remember that we have little or no air conditioning in public areas, so you will find it HOT in the metro stations, trains, shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies, etc. I am in Paris every few months and cannot recall one time in the last three years where I needed my winter coat (but can recall many many times when I was dripping in sweat)

Germany varies widely, for the poster who asked - it is a large country. Sometimes we have late winters in Bavaria, sometimes early ones. This past year winter started early ie we had about 15cm of snow in late October, and ended late ie we have 15cm of snow in late March. But many areas have no snow at all.

Sadly in Paris they started holiday decorating earlier this past season. Usually in Germany we don't have decorations go up in shops etc until First Advent, and people don't put up the tree until the actual holiday. But to draw tourists that is changing and no longer our usual traditions.

javamoma
09-03-2008, 03:28 PM
Question for the OP - Are you going with kiddies or this an adults only trip? I love going in the winter. You can snuggle up under umbrellas and get cozy in little cafes. It is all a matter of what you really want to do. The dollar to the Euro is so bad, you may want to try another destination where your dollar goes further. One option to consider is Buenos Airies, which is considered the Paris of South America.

We will have our 3 year old with us. We were actually planning a summer trip to Colonial Williamsburg and ended up with a winter trip to Paris! Long story.
Anyway, with getting an airline deal, the dollar ratio won't be that big of a deal. Our place to stay is taken care of.

DD will be almost 4 by the trip, she does great on planes and in restraunts but I am a museum junkie and I am wondering how long she will be able to endure them. Thanks to wonderpets, Ratatoulle, The Aristicats, and many other cartoons, she has an Eiffle tower obsession!

I think I just spelled 15 words wrong but you know what I mean!

jrmo
09-03-2008, 04:40 PM
Paris in December is beautifully decorated and New Years Eve under the Eiffel Tower is something you will never forget. That said, it is cold and there is a lot of outdoor walking from metro or bus even if you're only doing indoor attractions. Personally, our favorite time to go is the end of March. They seem to raise plane tix the 1st of April (poisson d'avril!!!!! yummmm, chocolate!) so if you go just before that you'll score a deal. Personal hotel pick: hotel de la bourdonnais, 5 minutes north east of the Eiffel Tower. FWIW, One of my friends who lived in Paris told me that strollers are more easily accomodated on busses and that's what Parisians with small children take. Bonne chance et bon voyage!!!!

G's mommy
09-03-2008, 09:03 PM
We went to Paris the week of Thanksgiving in 2005. The temps were cold, never above 45 degrees F the whole week. The best thing was no lines at any of the tourist spots which was great. We took our son with us, he was 9 years old at the time. He loved the museums and monuments. We did venture out to DLP the last 3 days. It was very cold touring the parks, but again low crowds. We actually got snow the last day. It was a fantastic trip and I would go again in winter if I got a great airfare deal. We paid less than $500 r/t per person. I got the book, Paris for Dummies and I found it to be very concise and easy to read. Have a great trip.

JaxTeach
09-03-2008, 11:06 PM
DH and I went to Paris for our honeymoon December 07. We were there 12/20-12/27. As far as weather goes, it was cold (but we're from FL so 40 is bitterly cold to us! ;) ) and it rained a bit (more of a drizzle-- definitely not what we're used to with FL downpours). We aren't used to dressing for cold weather, but the weather wasn't much of a bother for us. We had a great time! We stayed in a small hotel in the Passy area which is a residential area. I loved it as I spent several years in Europe growing up and miss it!

Someone asked about Disneyland Paris... we went for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Since we were married at WDW we were on a rather tight budget so we stayed at our hotel in Paris and took the train to DLP both mornings. Aside from me losing our point and shoot camera on Space Mountain (argh... our 1st ride of the day, but we had our Nikon D-SLR so we still got great pictures), we had a fantastic time! It did get dark early and it was quite cold, but we did everything we wanted to do. We were even able to get a seat at a table service restaurant on both Christmas Eve and Day.

I say if the "off season" is the only time you can afford to go, GO! I've been to Paris in July and December and I much prefer the cold of December to July.

javamoma
09-04-2008, 04:55 PM
How many days do you need for DL Paris? Is it pretty similar to the magic kingdom? Are their different attractions? I know the dis unplugged talked about it this week but I have not listened to the podcast yet.

I would love to see pics if anyone has them!

Tinkerbelle32
09-04-2008, 07:39 PM
Oh you guys are making me want to go back to Paris!:love: What to do, what to do? I guess I'll keep watching airfare. Jenn

MPLsDad
09-04-2008, 08:03 PM
We traveled to Paris last February and LOVED it! We had our winter gear with us (since we traveled from NYC) although we ended up buying gloves for the kids. Everything was do-able and we walked from one side of Paris to the other. The weather was sunny yet cool but with so many churches, museums, and cafes to duck into we rarely felt the absolute cold. The only thing that was unbearable was waiting for the line to go up the Tower which we opted to skip. We even took 2 days to visit DLP. It was odd being in a Disney park in winter garb, but Fantasyland there knows no equal! Enjoy!

G's mommy
09-04-2008, 08:41 PM
How many days do you need for DL Paris? Is it pretty similar to the magic kingdom? Are their different attractions? I know the dis unplugged talked about it this week but I have not listened to the podcast yet.

I would love to see pics if anyone has them!

You could probably see most everything in 2 days if the crowds are low. There are two parks, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. There is also the Disney Village which is similar to Downtown Disney with restaurants and shops. The nice thing about DLP is the two parks and the village are within walking distance of each other, the set-up is much like the Universal parks and City Walk in Orlando. There are several onsite hotels if you want to do that. We stayed at the Holiday Inn there and it was a 3 min bus ride from the parks. If you prefer to just take a day trip from Paris, the train goes right to the entrance practically, very easy.

Justthe8ofus
09-04-2008, 08:54 PM
DH and I just went this past April. 18th-27th The weather was awful--cold, cloudy, rain-yuck! I'm a FL gal. I NEED sunshine.

But, it is Paris. You can't really go wrong.

Prices were pretty reasonable in April.

We took the train to DL and had a very nice day. I think 1 day is really all you need there. I mean there is so much to see in Paris I wouldn't spend more than that at DL anyway.

We had dinner on the Eiffel Tower one night. I HIGHLY recommend that. Never had better wine in my life.

Check out Parisvision for tours.

I planned it all myself. It's really easy. Happy planning.

wonderwickham2
09-06-2008, 09:52 PM
paris is nice

wonderwickham2
09-06-2008, 09:53 PM
I like paris

wonderwickham2
09-06-2008, 09:54 PM
FL is hurrican central soon, no?

wonderwickham2
09-06-2008, 09:54 PM
paris paris paris

wonderwickham2
09-06-2008, 09:56 PM
french food sucks and the french are about as nice as people in CA

wonderwickham2
09-06-2008, 09:57 PM
I love love love paris

Tinkerbelle32
09-07-2008, 10:47 AM
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