PARIS ON A SHOESTRING

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Visiting Paris in October

As I walk down the Jardin du Luxembourg one fall, it made me recall the wonderful lines of a French Romantic poet. As I wander around the magnificent fiery orange and yellow trees, I remembered Paul Varleine’s solitary and melodramatic piece, “Autumn Song”. I was able to encounter this when I was still a literature student.

Yes, I’m the kind of person who loves the fall season among the rest. Thinking that you will also love this season like I do, I suggest visiting Paris during October will be a great choice. The weather might be cool and damp, but nothing beats the experience of strolling through the cool air, or having long chats or peacefully drinking a cup of hot coffee in cafes during late afternoons. The awestruck site of dusk is something you should definitely look after to as well.

You wouldn’t resist loving Paris during October. As the tourists’ season recedes, the city starts to calm down serenely. Plane and hotel reservation would be cheaper and you could enjoy Paris’ best galleries and museums to the fullest. You’ll have enough space to stroll around and you could really have the pleasure of looking at the displays. Visiting the wonderful parks and gardens during a sunny day must also be included on your to-do-list to experience Paris better. Shopping can be more convenient since you wouldn’t have to suffer waiting long lines and squeezing through crowded tourists in the stores. Visiting Paris during October is best for people who enjoy a serene and calmer vacation.

If you’re planning to go to Paris in October, you must jot down this dates so you wouldn’t miss it. Nuit Blanche (White Night) will be held on the 2nd of October. This is an annual event which allows hundreds of Paris sites to be open all through the night. This includes the wonderful galleries, museums and monuments that provide cultural explorations and some strange night-time itineraries. On the 6th of October, Vendanges de Montmartre (Montmartre Wine Harvest) takes place. This is when the people of Montmartre neighborhood show off their vines that produce drinkable wines. Getting to experience this event is terrific to better feel the ambiance of Paris during autumn season.

Temperature during October is expected to be around 9 degrees C (48.2 degrees F) to 16 degrees C (60.8 degrees F). This averages to 11 degrees C (51.8 degrees F). Average rainfall is assumed to be 56 millimeters (2.2 inches).

To lessen your trouble in packing and getting ready for a trip to Paris in October, here are some pointers you should consider. Remember that the weather would usually be cool and wet so it would be better if you plan indoor activities like visiting galleries, museum or just having a nice stay at a comfortable café. Make sure that you bring some clothes that would protect you from a cold weather like sweaters, warm socks and coats. There would often be a cloudy and rainy weather so make sure to bring a trusty umbrella and some waterproof shoes to protect you from the rain. You must also bring a pair of comfortable shoes because you would surely have a lot of walking to do when you get to Paris. This city is known for its long tunnels and stairs all over the metro.