Change of Plans in Snowy Paris

Eiffel Tower from slippery Trocadéro

Eiffel Tower from slippery Trocadéro

March snow in Paris. No Eurostar. No UK friends to greet at Gare du Nord.

What else to do when the weather thwarts our plans than venture outside for a walk in the quartier? We last enjoyed a snowy walk in January, which seemed appropriate then. The 12th of March isn’t that late but still, today’s snow seemed out of place to me, perhaps because Saturday — was it only three days ago? — was so wonderfully warm.   

Dear old Ben Franklin, once again wearing a shawl of snow

Dear old Ben Franklin, once again wearing a shawl of snow

Today’s snow doesn’t seem to be sticking as much as January’s did.  The wind blew us around, ice coated many footpaths, and compared to last weekend, hardly anyone was around. Everything feels quiet and rather subdued outside and even my colour photos look black-and-white.

Walls of Passy Cemetery

Walls of Passy Cemetery

I had planned to run out for flowers this morning before our friends arrived, but waited until we were sure of their situation. Plants outside the shop are now dusted with snow.

Outside the flower shop

Outside the flower shop

Work seems to have stopped at our little café. It just looks forlorn. Or maybe I’m projecting my own feelings onto it, wishing for a magical transformation back into a warm, welcoming space.

Our little café where nothing much is happening

Our little café where nothing much is happening

Our friends D&J, having travelled as far as London, are safely back in Suffolk. With only a few days here and no Eurostar until tomorrow at the earliest, we agreed the best solution was to postpone to another time. There’s no couple more deserving of a holiday, and we hope they pursue their idea of doing a last-minute getaway in the UK.

As for me and Clive, we’ll miss spending time with them here but, as always, will enjoy filling our days in Paris.

Cheers for now and more soon.

5 Responses

  1. I perfectly agree! We’ve had enough snow and winter this year.

  2. Looks so chilly and so still. Actually, looks like Paris is, umm, a wee bit mort, lol — but ready for a spring resurrection and renewal! I think this late cold and snow means that a fantastic revival is in the works for Paris, and I hope it is while you are still there.

    Enjoy!
    xx
    Karin

  3. […] What else to do when the weather thwarts our plans than venture outside for a walk in the quartier? We last enjoyed a snowy walk in January, which seemed appropriate then. The 12th of March isn’t that late but still, today’s snow seemed out of place to me, perhaps because Saturday — was it only three days ago? — was so wonderfully warm. Read more […]

  4. Hi Carol,

    That’s March for you: at least in the northern hemisphere! This morning it was bright and sunny and then it got dark, and we had quite a snow squall that even whitened the ground. Enough so that a special weather statement was put out for I-80 and driving through the mountains. Now it is bright and sunny again, although quite cold. When I drove home after landing in Baltimore on Sunday, it had hit 60F in State College, and today it is in the mid-30s. I’ll be wearing my winter jacket when I head to campus later this afternoon and again tomorrow.

    But how disappointing it must have been to be looking forward to a visit from friends, and then the weather forced a change.

    –Eleanor

  5. Rosemary, thanks and I think everyone in Paris feels the same! Karin — your words are perfect and the city is indeed ready for that resurrection springtime 🙂

    Eleanor, yes March certainly is unpredictable — strange to have that abrupt change of more than 30 degrees F — Clive in shirtsleeves one day, fuzzy hat the next.

    Cheers all and stay warm.

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