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A seasonal guide to Paris

In the words of Audrey Hepburn, "Paris is always a good idea." Stroll through the seasonal markets with vin chaud and roasted chestnuts in hand, breathe in the fresh spring air as the city comes alive, bask in the sun on a café terrace, or admire the new fall styles adorned by the city's fashionaistas. With each season offering a new perspective on the city, there’s never a bad time to visit Paris.

The twinkling lights and decorations give the City of Lights a truly festive feel

The twinkling lights and decorations give the City of Lights a truly festive feel

Winter

The long winter nights of Paris are a blessing in disguise. OK, so it might be dark by 5pm, but what better way for the City of Light to shine? The twinkling lights and decorations of the festive season act as a canopy for stalls and seasonal markets offering vin chaud and roasted chestnuts, and the chill in the air will keep your senses sharp for when the winter sales start offering up some haute couture at rock bottom prices.

The city of Paris comes alive in the hazy, heady spring light

The city of Paris comes alive in the hazy, heady spring light

Spring

Ah, Paris in the spring! There’s a reason that simple phrase evokes a sigh in so many people – either it’s something they’ve always dreamed of seeing or they’ve already been and know what the fuss is about. You may have heard the expression countless times before, but that’s only one way to find out what it really means, and that’s to go. The boulevards blossom, sparkly-eyed lovers wander hand-in-hand and the whole city comes alive in the hazy, heady spring light.

As Parisians escape on their own summer holidays, the city is yours to explore

As Parisians escape on their own summer holidays, the city is yours to explore

Summer

When summer hits Paris, the heat washes in and the landmarks and avenues of the French capital are bathed in a surprisingly potent sunshine. Perfect for long, lazy afternoons stretched out in a municipal park with a novel for company or a spot of people watching from a café terrace, the summer sees many Parisians heading off on their own holidays, leaving the city free for you to explore.

The stunning array of colours and surprisingly warm weather are just two of the perks of Autumn in Paris

The stunning array of colours and surprisingly warm weather are just two of the perks of Autumn in Paris

Fall

Paris is a beautiful city at any time of year, but it wears the autumn as well as the fashionistas who walk its boulevards wear their haute couture boots. As well as the stunning array of colours that burst from the treetops, the weather can be surprisingly warm and the city’s cultural side reawakens after the summer lull. Oh, and it’s hot chocolate season. What other excuse do you need?