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Paris in November

Get Cozy and Contemplative

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Paris in November

A lady among the fall leaves at Luxemburg Garden

© 2006 Courtney Traub. Licensed to About.com

Not Always a Cruel Month

Paris in November is quiet and contemplative. As the days grow shorter and the mercury starts to drop, tourist numbers dwindle. High season this is not.

Yet visiting the city in November can be a great time to focus on indoor sights and attractions, like admiring collections in Paris's many extraordinary museums, discovering charming little arthouse movie theaters, observing breathtaking details in Paris churches and cathedrals, or sipping frothy café crèmes over a good book, gazing out at the blustery city through frosty windows.

Another plus: your chances of snagging a good deal on airfares are much higher at this time of year. Not to mention the pleasure of having more of Paris and its treasures to yourself. Long gone are the endless lines of tourists and the overcrowded metro cars. In November, too, you'll have more chances of striking up a conversation with the locals, who have all long since returned from summer vacation.

In short, you may not want to rule out November in Paris.

The November Thermometer

  • Minimum temperature: 5 degrees C (41 degrees F)
  • Maximum temperature: 10 degrees C (50 degrees F)
  • Average temperature: 6 degrees C (42.8 degrees F)
  • Average rainfall: 54 millimeters (2.1 inches)

How to Pack

  • November in Paris is rainy and chilly, with low temperatures approaching freezing. Factor in wind chill and fewer daylight hours and you'll immediately understand why your suitcase should be well-stocked with plenty of sweaters, scarves, coats, and warm socks.

  • An umbrella and/or a waterproof jacket with a hood are a must in this wet season.

  • In terms of footwear, you don't necessarily need boots, but suede shoes or shoes made of any non-waterproof material are to be left at home. If you enjoy sporting heels, remember to bring at least one pair of flat shoes for walking, as the streets and even metro stairs can be slick from the rain.

  • A light pair of gloves will make walking around the city more comfortable.

  • You may also want to think about bringing a small thermos so you can warm yourself with hot coffee or tea while seeing the sights.

Book Your November Trip:

I recommend locking in a good deal on flights and hotels early by consulting well-respected travel sites like Expedia (book direct).

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