Snow? In Paris? A Photo Series

So one unremarkable night in January, something happened that so many had told me I would never see:

It snowed in Paris.

Paris in the Snow


And Lonely Planet would kill me, but… it was magical.



I also witnessed my first Parisian déménagement, which I had no idea was such a process. I guess how else would you get all of those heavy Baroque candelabras and Cruella DeVille dial phones out of your apartment?

Paris is the Snow

Paris in the Snow

Montmartre Jan1

But the most important thing I discovered on that snowy day was actually something I rediscovered – the beauty of Paris. Living here can jade you to the city’s uniquely Parisian charms: the art deco métro signs, the oh-so-French mansard roofs, the strangely appealing beige monochrome of the city. At times I even get sick of the baguettes. (And how is that even possible?)


The snow went as fast as it came, and serves as a metaphor for my experience here- I only have five months left in France, and I plan to cherish them as much as possible. Because they’ll be gone before I know it.

Montmartre Jan

Have you ever seen it snow in Paris?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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  1. It does indeed look magical! As much as I hate the cold, I do love when the snow falls here – something so peaceful about it. Being from Texas, snow is certainly still a novelty to me.

    • It is peaceful… though after a while I get sick of the slush. These days I just can’t wait for summer!

  2. Gorgeous! Paris looks even more magical in the snow!
    I know how it feels to forget about the beauty that surrounds you when you’re struggling with everyday life issues – it’s good you had a little snowy wake up call that reminded you why you decided to live in Paris in the first place!:)
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    • I guess I just become numb to how beautiful everything is here… but it really is an extraordinary city!

  3. Gorgeous photos Ashley! I think snow makes everything magical, and always give you a fresh perspective!
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    • Thank you, Sarah! Paris is a gorgeous city anyway but with some snow it’s especially pretty.

    • Right? I love snowball fights. Followed by big mugs of hot chocolate of course :)

    • Haha, right? It’s already more than picturesque!

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