“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.”
They say that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Of course with its symbolic Eiffel Tower, famous cathedrals, historical museums, Broadway theaters and sophisticated architectures, no wonder it’s on the list. Aside from the numerous grand places and tourist spots welcoming people to this place, other things that make visitors fall in love with Paris is the cleanliness of the city, its wide streets with few cars, various beautiful cityscapes, and parks for strolling or recreation and fashionable Parisians and Parisiennes.
Anytime is to visit Paris. The impressive edifices and majestic sceneries will always greet you BUT if you have a tight schedule or for whatever reason you have that hinders you from visiting Paris in any other month but November, then read on for our guide. Bring your trusted camera, coziest sweaters, comfortable walking shoes, and umbrellas because you’ll have the most spectaculaire (spectacular) and parfait (perfect) time. Thank us later 🙂
Paris has four great seasons that has its own charms. According to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, the months spanned by each season are as follows: spring (March-June), summer (June-Sept), autumn (Sept-Dec), and winter (Dec-March). If you were to visit in the month of November, it would be the fall season, with the temperature ranging from 14-48 F.
Rumor has it that November is a dark and uninspiring month of the year because it’s typically wet and windy. Since most tourists prefer visiting Paris during the summer and spring season because of the good weather and full-bloomed flower fields, fret not over long lines and crowded museums because, in November, there are lesser tourists, so there’s more space for yourself. That, ladies and gentlemen, is just one good thing about visiting Paris in November. There are other perks too!
Another great perk of flying to Paris for months like November is a good chance of snagging cheap airfare deals. Since seasons govern airfare prices, months with good weather tend to be the priciest. According to farecompare, the most expensive time to fly to Paris is summer. The cheapest will be winter while spring and autumn airfares are mid-priced. Since November falls on the fall season and on its way to the winter, you’ll have a good chance of scoring cheap flights. You can sign-up at farecompare for flight alerts guys.
Parisians say that November is a contemplative month. Since the weather’s not that crisp, tourists have the chance to focus and enjoy indoor sights and attractions. There are museums, cathedrals, theaters and cafes that you will certainly savor. You’ll thank the frosty weather for raining down and forcing you to discover the richness and secrets of Parisian buildings as old as time 🙂
Here are some of the famous tourist spots that you can visit on your November trip to the City of Light:
1. Le Mois De La Photo À Paris
For starters, November is the official Month of Photography in Paris. The Le Mois de la Photo à Paris features 40 exhibitions to mesmerize you throughout the city. The hub of the activity is in the Marais at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. You’ll need those comfortable walking shoes for this matter.
Note: The Maison Européenne de la Photographie opens Wed-Sun from 11AM-8PM.
2. The Eiffel Tower
Let’s all thank this season for the short tour lines everyone! Ah, the famous Eiffel Tower. Nothing can be more majestic than witnessing the Eiffel Tower covered in golden lights at night, but for the daytime, you can still ponder on its beauty. You can do so many things in the tower- have a chic picnic lunch on the first floor, get a panoramic view of Paris on the second floor and treat yourself to a toast of champagne on the top floor to complete the happy experience. For more information about the activities on Eiffel Tower, read on La Tour Eiffel.
Note: The Eiffel Tower is open from 9Am-12MN from mid-June to early September and 9:30 AM- 11:30 PM for the rest of the year.
3. The Mouline Rouge Dinner Show
The iconic red mill pulls visitors from all over the world. Since opening its gates a century ago, this place immortalized the French Cancan and inspired gifted artists and actors. Be revived with a sumptuous French dinner and champagne while being entertained by the world-famous cabaret shows at Moulin Rouge. With a lot of exotic dancing, feathered and bedazzled costumes, ventriloquists, acrobats and much more, I’m sure that this will be a thrilling and unique experience for any visitor.
Note: There are two shows offered nightly: one at 9:00 pm, the following at 11:00 pm. If you’d like to pair the show with dinner, then book at 7:00 pm and stay for the earlier show. Also, I forgot to tell you to pack one or two formal dresses for this occasion.
4. The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum or Musée du Louvre is a former royal palace and most visited museum in the world. With its humble beginnings as a public museum in 1793 with 2,500 paintings, it now houses some 30,000 paintings and 35,000 exhibit objects covering human civilization from antiquity to the 19th century.
Some of the masterpieces you have to see are the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave and the statue Venus of Milo. Two other masterpieces, the Louvre Pyramid and the Inverted Pyramid, is now also becoming increasingly popular as the location setting in the novel The Da Vinci Code.
Note: The Louvre is open on Monday- Sunday except on Tuesdays. They are open from 9AM-6PM on M, Th, S, Sun, and 9AM-9:45 PM on W, F.
5. The Notre Dame Cathedral
Do you still remember watching “The Hunchback of Notre Dame from your childhood”? Well, the setting of the story happens to be this real monument in Paris. The Notre Dame Cathedral or the La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It is one of Paris’ prized landmarks and historical treasure. Being a cathedral, it belongs to the Catholic Church thus houses the Archbishop of Paris.
Walk and marvel at the unique architecture and carvings on the exterior of the cathedral such as the West Façade, the Spire, the patron saints of Paris (I hope the headless St. Denis won’t give you the creeps), and the chimeras and gargoyles. Be stunned by the Rosette Windows and the 8000-pipe organ upon entering the cathedral.
Note: The Cathedral is open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day of the year.
6. The Pont Des Arts Bridge
Since you’re at the cathedral already, take a side trip to the Arts Bridge or Pont des Arts nearby. Traditionally, lovers go to the Arts Bridge to hang a lock on the grids of the bridge before throwing the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their eternal love. So for lovers reading this, the Arts Bridge should be your first destination!
7. The Palace Of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular attractions in Europe and has been a UNESCO heritage site for 30 years. It stands as a stunning example of 18th-century French royal palace. The place showcases gold, crystal, and precious gems decorating its exteriors. It offers numerous rooms and galleries for tourists.
The 800-hectare Gardens of Versailles adds grandeur to the palace with its meticulously cured lawns laid with sculptures and magnificent fountains. Aside from strolling in the vast gardens, pay a visit to the Royal Opera, Versailles Cathedral and Hall of Mirrors and breathe the luxurious lifestyle and history of French monarchs.
Note: The palace opens from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM every day except on Mondays. Oh and be sure to bring another pair of comfortable sneakers as your first one might be too worn out from your exploring 🙂
Having given you guys the guide and places to visit in Paris, I hope you’ll truly feel and enjoy your visit to Paris. May you feel that thrill and excitement you get when the Eiffel Tower flashes on the movie screen, and you say to yourself ‘I’ll go there someday.’ So don’t dream it, do it! Cheers!