A Snowy Day in Paris

Paris has had some snow which isn’t a common occurrence and the weather forecast is calling for several more days of the white stuff. I decided to get up early and get some photos before it was all trampled which isn’t an easy thing to find in a city. I was up and out by 7:15 which, it turns out, was too early as the sun wasn’t out yet. I did find some places with street lamps which helped and I finally did have normal daylight but not beautiful sunrise making the snow sparkle, just a gradual light and then gray skies. I started at the Marais area, walked to Notre Dame and then back. I was going to take a bus at the Marais but there was a sign saying there would only be one in four buses that day due to the snow so I trudged on to Bastille and took the metro, finally arriving home at 10:15. I was never cold as I was wearing long underwear, my heavy winter coat, snow boots, thick scarf, knitted hat, and leather gloves. I was toasty all morning.
(The next day, Maurice and I headed out to our new place in Chatelaillon, hoping to inspect it and even possibly move in. Getting out of Paris in the snow-it had snowed all night and was continuing-was a nightmare. Absolutely no work had been done on the roads, neither clearing or salting, and it was a slippery mess. At one point, we took an exit the was an incline and cars which slowed down weren’t able to make it up to the top. Maurice went in the left lane, then the outside lane trying to keep moving so the same thing wouldn’t happen to us. We could seldom go even 50 km an hour but, gradually, the snow stopped and the roads had been cleared and salted about three hours out. I don’t know why the Ile de France area around Paris didn’t do the same thing. The trip turned out to be over two hours longer than usual but we did finally arrive to sunshine and blue skies.)


Place des Vosges in the Marais where the gates were locked all night, and still were at 7:30 AM, so the snow was pristine.


Another view with the light from the lamps there. I held my camera through the fence to take the photo.


Along the Seine with Ile St Louis to the left.


Notre Dame from the back.


The locks on the bridge could hardly be seen with all of the snow.


The water froze as it left the mouths of the gargoyles.


These street cleaners had a wheel barrow of salted sand to get rid of snow and ice. They were going to need a whole lot more than one wheel barrow. They were the only workers I saw. More snow is expected so cleanup is going to be a big job.


A bridge frosted with snow.


Back to Place des Vosges which I had read would be open at 10 only to find it already open and disturbed with lots of families and children throwing snow balls.


You can see how much snow there was by looking at the statue there.


The brick on the building around Place des Vosges looks especially red with the white snow on the roof.


A rather wobbly, for some reason, video of the snow.

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