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. Fewer crowds at major sites.
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.
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 had the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles entirely to myself. The Catacombs had a very short line too. 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. Comfortable weather for walking long distances.
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. 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. 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.
Want more solo travel tips? Read the 25 Tips on Solo Female Travel in Europe.
3. More affordable plane and hotel costs.
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, 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. Also worth checking out are these 10 best Hotels in Paris under 100€.
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.
4. The leaves are colorful and everywhere.
Visiting Paris in November means you’ll see some beautiful colors.
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.
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.
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!
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