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Things to do on a Rainy Day in Paris

Paris is a beautiful city, filled with a variety of activities for lots of different people to enjoy, but even Paris has rainy days. But never fear, there is still a lot of great things to do on a rainy day in Paris.

This article will help you to find the best things to do on a rainy day in Paris, because believe it or not, there are a lot of options! If you are visiting the city of love for a holiday, don’t worry, you will still have a packed day of activities available to you, no matter what the weather!

Shakespeare and Company

Paris is scattered with book stores, with both French and English books, but the best one to visit is Shakespeare and Company by far. Shakespeare and Company is a historical book store, first opened over one hundred years ago on Paris’ left bank. This book store holds mostly books written in English, and is filled to the brim with a variety of writers and genre. When walking around the book store you will realize that you could spend hours amongst the stacks and exploring the different rooms and floors, especially if you find the infamous cat, who is usually looking out from the upstairs front window. Located on the left bank across from the Notre Dame, you will know you have found Shakespeare and Company when you see the shelves and stacks of books outside of the store. You may also see buskers and poetry writers outside the book store (if the rain doesn’t stop them), adding even more aesthetic and ambiance to the experience of this intelligent, historical book store. You will leave the store wishing to spend more time reading the backs of books and piling up a stack that you want to buy. We recommend visiting Shakespeare and Company on a Friday or Saturday, because the store does not close until ten on those days and you will be able to take you time exploring and reading if you arrive in the afternoon. Aside from books, you will also be able to check out their visiting authors, which are listed with dates throughout the store. Once entering and realizing what a big fan of the book store you are, it is possible that you may also walk out with a Shakespeare and Company tote bag or pin. No matter what you buy or don’t buy, and no matter which genres you enjoy, you will definitely find something of interest to you at Shakespeare and Company.

French Cinema

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Another great thing to do on a rainy day is watch a movie! Yes, movies are a great idea anywhere no matter what the weather, but while in Paris, and without the opportunity to explore streets and parks, going to the cinema is a great way to stay sheltered from the rain while continuing to experience French culture. There is a wide variety of French films available to watch around Paris, for France is known for its heart wrenching, artistic films. The best part about this option is that you don’t need to understand French in order to enjoy the films you wish to see! Many French films have subtitles in English, making it very easy for English speakers to understand. One company specifically that you should definitely take advantage of if wanting to see a French film but also be able to understand it is Lost in Frenchlation. Lost in Frenchlation is a company that screens French films with English subtitles in an effort to bring French cinema to a wider variety of people. It is a great tool to take advantage of if wanting to see a French film but also be able to understand it and we highly recommend that you take advantage of it.

Museums

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Museums are at the heart of French tourism, and for good reason. France, and specifically Paris, offer many different museums and art galleries that you can take advantage of, and are a perfect way to escape the rain. It is true that some museums in Paris can be overwhelmingly big, and it may seem impossible to attempt to see anything. On the contrary, you can have the chance to see a wide variety of art and historical content if you focus on what is of interest to you. For example, instead of wandering the entire Louvre museum, read about the various options before you go, and then head to what you would like to see. There are also other museums, such as the Musée de l’Orangerie, that are much smaller, yet still filled with great art, and able to be seen within a few hours. You can check out our blog post on Museums in Paris for more information. All in all, museums are an excellent option to get your museum visits in while in Paris, and what better way to take advantage of a rainy day?

We hope that you found this article helpful. Sometimes it can feel as though there is nothing to do when it is lashing rain outside, but never fear! Luckily, Paris still has many options for you to take advantage of that will still leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied with your trip.

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Things to do in Paris in December

Despite Paris being a hub for tourists in the summer months, the city has a lot to offer throughout the year, especially in December when Christmas is near. Although the weather is colder, Paris still buzzes with activities and excitement during the winter months, and these are just a few examples.

This article will help you to discover and explore all that Paris has to offer during Christmas time. Although a classic destination for summer vacations, there are a wide variety of things to do in Paris in December in order to embrace the holiday season while on holiday.

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Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets throughout Paris will be sure to out you in the holiday spirit. These Christmas markets are covered in string lights and warm heaters, not to mention the lines of vendors selling a variety of different foods and mementos. There are many Christmas markets located throughout Paris during December, some of the most popular being the markets at the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, where you can stroll down city streets sipping hot wine and admiring the various pop-ups.

 

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Hot Chocolate

Have French Hot Chocolate (and also French hot wine) is a necessity when in Paris during the winter months. If you have not already tried it, French,  hot chocolate is a little bit different from the classic Christmas morning drink in the United States. During the winter, especially in the holiday season in December, hot chocolate is a classic delicacy. You will be able to stroll through markets and down streets while staying warm and embracing the Christmas vibes when sipping hot chocolate along the way.

 

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Champs Élysées

The Champs Élysées is the most famous street in Paris, if not the world. This street is always a great visit, and well worth your time because of the beautiful restaurants and trees that face into the street. This street, however, is even more beautiful in the winter. Each tree branch is colorfully decorated with Christmas lights making the stroll you will take along the sidewalk a feel-good, enjoyable experience.

 

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Ice Skating

Ice skating is known as a winter activity in many places, and the same goes for Paris. Ice skating is a great afternoon activity after a morning visiting museums, and surprisingly not an expensive one! Usually, admission is free, meaning you only have to pay for skate rentals which will not be more that ten euros. Whether seeking a fun activity with your kids, or a romantic date night with a loved one, ice skating is a great option to get outdoors and be active in the cold weather!

 

Walk Around and Enjoy

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While jumping from activity to activity, museum to museum, and restaurant to restaurant while on your visit to Paris, you will also be getting the chance to experience the true Parisian vibe of Christmas in the city. You will be able to embrace the winter aesthetic and Christmas cheer by strolling by hot chocolate stands, stumbling upon Christmas markets, and letting the snow fall around you while a busker plays the accordion nearby. While on vacation, is important to take a step back from the constant hustle from one tourist sight to another. Paris, especially during Christmas time, offers many opportunities for sitting back and relaxing, for example sipping café or people watching outside a restaurant.

Christmas time in Paris is truly a magical experience. It is important to take advantage of all the Paris has to offer, especially during Christmas time when you will be able to stroll down street lit up by lights and feel the warm steam of hot chocolate. We hope that you got some good ideas from the article and that you take advantage of these activities during your next visit to Pairs in December!

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Things to Do in Paris for Teens

Traveling with a family can be difficult, especially when traveling with teenagers who are interests that contrast those of their parents. Thankfully, there are always great options for teens if you know where to look. Paris is a city filled with young people, and has a variety of activities for the younger generation to participate in and enjoy.

In this article, we will help you to find the best things to do in Paris for teens to ensure a fun and interesting vacation. No more dragging your children to day long excursions that they find dull and lack-luster, these places and activities will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Disneyland

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Disneyland is an easy forty-minute drive outside of the city, and is also easily accessed by public transportation via the RER, which takes the same amount of time. Disneyland Paris is a great opportunity you and your family to have a full day of activates while still ensure that the teens are enjoying themselves. At Disney, you will have a variety of options available to you, whether that is trying out one of the fifty attractions that they have to offer, exploring the small Disney villages, conversing with your favorite characters, or see what the days activities are involving all of your favorite Disney movies. No matter what you decide to do at Disneyland Paris, you are ensured to have a great time with your family, and your kids will thank you for such a fun-packed day while on holiday.

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company is an iconic, historical book store located along the Seine across from the Notre Dame, easily accessible via public transportation. Even before you walk into Shakespeare and Company you will see and feel a shift away from the modern hustle and bustle that is Paris. Outside the store there are shelves of old and used books, and if you get lucky there will be a busker or someone writing poems for people passing by. When you walk into the store you will need to take a moment to embrace the number of books stacked and placed in every nook and cranny of the shop. Teens will definitely love the retro, buzzing vibe of the store, and could be captivated for hours roaming from genre to genre, and maybe even finding the store’s cat, playing the upstairs piano, or simply sitting down and reading.

Bike Rides

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Biking around Paris is an excellent way to get around and explore during warm weather, not to mention the workout! Taking teens biking to the sights that you want to see, or even signing up for a bike tour, is a great way to make each visit feel like a rewarded destination. With biking, your children will appreciate the beautiful city that they are in by riding through it, instead of driving from one place to another without and excitement along the way. Again, a packed day or tourists sights can often be exhausting, and teens tend to lose interest after the third or fourth museum in a row (can you blame them?), but in biking around the city as a means of exploration, teens will feel rejuvenated and motivated with their endorphins in play.

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Shopping

Paris is the fashion capitol of the world, so when you visit, you are almost expected to do a little shopping. Taking teenagers shopping in Paris is a great way for them to get a change of pace from site seeing and tourist destinations. Take you kids to Montaigne to explore the most luxurious brand names such as Channel and Gucci, or walk the streets of Le Marias, where you will find small boutiques and some great cafes to stop at along the way.You could explore the beautiful and boujee, Bon Marche in Saint Germain on the Rive Gauche, which is a luxurious experience that your teen children will be sure to be in awe of and enjoy. No matter where you decide to go or what style you decide to shop for, there is always shopping to be done in Paris, and your teenagers will love to be a part of the fashion forward part of the city.

The Catacombs

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Exploring the Catacombs is a great activity to get teens excited about sight-seeing. The Catacombs offer a spooky experience your teens will be sure to be intrigued by, but beware, for in the Catacombs are a multitude of human skulls, the sight of which will give you chills. This excursion would be a great way to make your teens feel invested and interested in the sight-seeing that the family partakes in, just make sure that your children are prepared for what they are about to experience.

Although there are many museums and tour to go on while in Paris that migt nor always be of interest to your children, there are still a variety of activities that your teens will emjoy around the city. We hope that you found this article helpful, and that you take advantage of these sugestions during your next visit to Paris, France with your teenagers!

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