PARIS ON A SHOESTRING

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Visiting Paris in July

If you are planning to go to Paris in July, you’ll surely have a great time. Locals tend to head off to French Reviera or the Spanish coastline during the tourist peak season. This result to a lingering lazy pace accompanied by a very enthusiastic vibe as the tourist pile the city’s museums and the other tourist spots as well. Visiting Paris in July is perfect if you want to see the city with its best postcard face put forward. But if you’re claustrophobic or prefers seeing the city at a more local setting or doesn’t want to pay for expensive plane tickets or hotel reservations, you should might as well pass going during the peak season and wait for fall or winter.

You’ll definitely love Paris in July. Why? It’s because it is during this month that you’ll feel the slack, yet energizing mood in the city. You’ll see everyone roaming around the wonderful streets of Paris in a slow and relaxed pace. Some are quietly enjoying some drink in their terraces. Early July in Paris means the start of summer sales around the city. This will give you the freedom to finally try on that couture items you never see from your home country, or you may also start hunting for the rare books or antiques that you’ve been craving to have.

Enjoying a boat ride at the Seine or around Paris canals and waterways will definitely make your visit more special. It is best to do this during sunny days where in you will be able to enjoy the fresh and cool breeze. Make your boat ride extra special by having some lunch or dinner during your boat tour.

There are some dates you might want to mark when you visit Paris in July. You wouldn’t want to miss the 5th of July where a street fair that is traditionally held way back since the medieval period takes place. They call the fair Le Foire St. Germain where the streets of the district of Germain will be filled of concerts, theatre performances, antique fairs and poetry wokshops. Sounds fun doesn’t it? You should also look forward to the 14th of July which indicates the start of the French Revolution and their long journey to becoming a republic. They celebrate it as Americans celebrate American Independence Day or as Canadians celebrate Canada Day. La Fete de la Bastille is celebrated with a wonderful fireworks display or an arranged picnic at the city’s awe-striking parks and gardens. You may also want to participate at a challenging race to Avenue des Champs Elysees on the 25th of July. Tour de France Bike Race is a tremendously awaited event in Paris.

Before going to Paris in July, knowing the temperature will greatly help you prepare. Expect that Paris’ temperature may be in a minimum of 15 degrees C (59 degrees F) too a maximum of 24 degrees C (75.2 degrees F), averaging to 19 degrees C (66.2 degrees F). Average rainfall would probably be 57 millimeters (2.2 inches).

To help you prepare for your trip, here are some pointers you need to know. During this month, people expect that the weather in Paris will be cool to temperate. But in recent years, major heatwaves had been recorded to strike Paris where the temperature hit 90 degrees C. Elderly and tourists with medical condition should have safety precautions in case this situation occurs. It would be best to reserve hotels with an air conditioning unit to avoid suffering from heatwaves. Bring some hats and visors with you so you can also enjoy strolling during sunny days.

You must also include umbrellas on your packing list because July is also one of the rainiest months in Paris. Bring closed-toe and open-toes shoes as well. Open-toe shoes will be best during a pleasant walk in the park. On the other hand, comfortable closed-toe shoes are ideal when you decide to stroll around the beautiful spots of the city. This would require you a lot of walking that’s why it would best if you wear a convenient pair of shoes.