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Visiting Paris in November
Can you believe we’re already in November? Where does the time go? It feels like we were literally just celebrating the start of 2017. Ahh, the minutes fly by too fast. We really need someone to invent a time machine so we can slooooooow the world doooooooown. Having more than 24 hours in a day would be pretty spiffy too.
Welp. To celebrate the arrival of November, I decided to write a few tips about one of my favorite cities in the world: Paris! In general, Paris is an incredible destination especially for first time visitors.
You’re probably thinking, “Really? Paris in November? Won’t it get dark early? What if I’m traveling alone? Will I even meet other people that time of year?”
Yes! Paris in November is awesome, I promise! I did it myself and loved it!
Seriously, if you want to visit Paris in November, you’re making a super smart choice, and are bound to have a memorable trip, a trip that’s filled with croissants and fine wine. I especially enjoyed solo female travel in Paris. The “off season” actually made the experience more relaxing for me, and it was still a piece of cake meeting other people.
1. Paris in November Means Fewer Crowds.
November is the perfect time to explore all the major sites in Paris – WITHOUT those infamous major crowds encroaching your personal space and (most importantly) your photographs. I don’t think a single “umbrella-wielding” tour guide bumped into me during my visit, haha. Victory.
As for specific examples? Well. In November, I didn’t have to wait in line to go through the glass pyramid at the front of the Louvre. I walked right into one of the famous art museums in the world in under five minutes.
Furthermore, I had the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles entirely to myself. I even posted for a picture without a single tourist standing behind me!
Finally the Catacombs had a very short line too. Due to the nature of this attraction, lines sometimes wrap around the block. Nope. I walked right inside to see all the infamous skulls. Need I say more?
Trust me, not having to deal with crowds and their craziness makes a big, big, big positive impact on your trip, especially in a popular city such as Paris. I also found that locals were more patient and accommodating than what I’ve heard from other travelers. I think the time of year had something to do with their extra willingness to help me. Or maybe I’m that cute. Who knows.
2. November in Paris Has Comfortable Weather.
I don’t know about you, but I haaaaaate hot weather. Seriously. I cannot stand it. Remember me complaining about that Berlin heat wave? Ugh, just no.
Paris in November has cool fall temperatures that make walking all over the city an easy task. You won’t endure sweaty clothing or sunburned faces. Sure, you might encounter some rain, but I personally think the crisp fresh air is worth a rain shower or two.
Just make sure to pack appropriate clothing for your trip.
For example, you’ll want to bring waterproof shoes, a scarf, and comfortable/warm/packable jacket. You absolutely don’t want to get caught in the rain at Versailles … like I did. Don’t ask. It was bad. I had to run and hide in McDonald’s. At least I bought macaroons.
At the end of the day, visiting Paris in November promises easy weather conditions for those long walks.
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3. Visit Paris in November for Cheap Prices.
Paris isn’t a cheap destination. I mean, why would it be? This city draws major tourist crowds, especially on holidays. Plus France’s capital is an international city that’s always filled with people who are traveling for business. So it makes sense hotels would be expensive. Annoyance won’t change reality.
However, I have some good news for you. November is an affordable time to visit if the City of Lights has been on your bucket list for a long time. Check out last minute hotel deals for additional savings. You can experience lovely surroundings for a reason price, and who doesn’t want to take advantage of that?
Also, if you’re a huge nerd like me and track flight prices, then you already know that November’s costs are much easier on the wallet than a July or August flight.
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4. See Colorful Leaves when Visiting Paris in November.
Visiting Paris in November means you’ll see some beautiful colors – particularly outside of the many museums and churches.
What kind of colors? You guessed it! Fall colors! Honestly, autumn is my favorite season simply because of the gorgeous red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves. So spectacular. And what’s even more beautiful is having the Parisian skyline as a backdrop. Be still my beating heart!!
Of course, you’ve a better chance of enjoying the delightful leaves in early November, so correctly mark your calendar.
Fall in Paris is naturally a stunner. Take advantage of it, and don’t limit yourself to indoor activities.
5. You can get your Christmas fix early.
In November, Paris is ready for Christmas! If you’re a sucker for the holidays (like me!), then this time of year is perfect for you. Paris’s Christmas markets are already in full swing throughout November. So explore, grab a mulled wine, and listen to Christmas music. Maybe ride a carousel.
Plus major department stores, such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, are all beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. You must check out the ornate window displays! And don’t worry about being short on cash. All these department stores make a pleasant visit even if you don’t buy a new Chanel purse.
By visiting Paris in November, you’ll come home completely ready to shop for the holidays or even splurge on a gift (or five) for yourself.
Read More: My Complete Packing List for Paris in Fall
See Paris in November Because the French Capital is Perfect Any Time of Year!
Sure, Paris in November means some rain and possibly frigid mornings and the sun setting earlier in the afternoons, but think about it. You’re in Paris. And Paris is awesome.
Let’s say Paris in early November is the only time you can make room in your schedule to visit this capital. Then go for it! Because visiting Paris in November is waaaaaay better than not going to Paris at all!
Have a memorable trip!
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Would you like visiting Paris in November? What other dream destinations would you visit in November? Share in the comments. As always, I love to hear your thoughts and opinions!