Paris Under Snow - Carla Coulson
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Paris Under Snow


Talk about one extreme to the other!

Days ago I was basking in 30+ degrees in Sydney, loving the colour, surf and getting around in thongs and voila, a plane ride and 24 hours, to wake up to Paris under snow.

And if there is one way I love Paris that is buried in a layer of white. Extra gorgeous and glamorous..How very kind to park the red Citroen in front of a picture perfect cafe.

I donned hubbys mountain gear and left the house clumping around in the snow. This is where I normally go to get a summer ice-cream now the whole street looks like ice-cream….

If there was ever a day to empty the Boulangerie todays the day. Burning carbs just breathing!

A little stroll to the river via Hotel De Ville in the background.

Along past the bouquinists on the river still clumping..

Summer picnics along the river seem faraway but this scene was so beautiful we can wait for summer.

Don’t leave the house without your Ikea shopping bag, never know what you might pick up in Paris!

Notre dame and a snowball fight in the background

The Latin Quarter was silent and magic, maybe we can have 10 inches of snow more often?

An ever so chic Parisian snowman in the 5th..

Shakespeare and co closed for business – snowed out!

So if you are thinking of coming to Paris in the next week hold bringing the Chanel jacket, here’s a list of things you should bring:

Long johns

Chains for your car

Gloves, hat, earmuffs, scarves

Trekking shoes with rubber soles (so chic not sure Christian Louboutin does them)

A camera or Iphone cause Paris is so pretty

A carrot and two pieces of coal to make your very own Parisian snowman

See you in Paris!

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilirating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather”. John Ruskin



  • Wow, Paris is just so breathtakingly pretty when covered in snow! I thought that autumn was beautiful but this is just something else entirely … thanks for sharing (feel free to post many, many more!!). Glad you made it back safely.

    -Natasha. xox

    January 21, 2013 at 8:23 am
  • Breathtaking is the word Natasha..thanks all safe and sound here just a little shock to the system!! x

    January 21, 2013 at 8:37 am
  • My god it’s beautiful. I love Paris, you lucky girl! Keep warm and snug under that 5 kilo cat.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:12 am
  • Just so glorious – I HAVE to see Paris in winter – thank you for sharing. Fxx

    January 21, 2013 at 9:19 am
    • A definite for the must do list Francesca x

      January 23, 2013 at 8:35 am
  • How stunningly beautiful it is. Am loving the red accents.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:32 am
    • Absolutely stunning Jilly the red certainly pops out at you in the snow..

      January 23, 2013 at 8:37 am
  • Gabriella

    Paris I find is more calm under the snow. Everything seems to slow down, quiet down and is just more … calm. I’m living in the region of Versailles and the surrounding forests as you can imagine are just covered in snow. It’s real beauty.

    Oh, and the IKEA bag…. I laugh because I know this. I think they’re going to and from the ‘sΓ¨che linge’ (dry cleaners) ! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the gorgeous and true images.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:55 am
    • I would love to see the forest am sure it is magical and yes there is a calmness about Paris when in snow! Glad you liked the tour!

      January 23, 2013 at 8:39 am
  • Keep warm and enjoy the winter!
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful images from PARIS, in snow.

    January 21, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • A pleasure I was so rugged up out there I was actually sweating πŸ™‚

      January 23, 2013 at 8:40 am
  • Rebecca

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. I have a ‘Jar of Joys for 2013’ (!!!) where I can add lovely things that happened and reflect at any time (a bit mad I know!) My joy today without a doubt has been to see Paris in the snow. Thanks again! x

    January 21, 2013 at 10:04 am
    • So happy to be in your Jar of Joy Rebecca! such a fabulous idea x

      January 23, 2013 at 8:41 am
  • A lovely reminder of a particularly special Parisian moment…my husband and I trekked through heavy sleet to visit the Louvre Xmas 2006. Inside, thawed and cosy, we happened to peek through a window into the central courtyard and came upon a simply breathtaking vision. Someone had drawn a heart in the freshly fallen snow, it filled the whole space and within the heart were the words ‘I love Paris’.
    The windows were too foggy to take a snapshot. Instead, a ‘Kodak moment’ forever embedded in a our own hearts. Thanks for your lovely reminder Carla!

    January 21, 2013 at 10:37 am
  • Beautiful images Carla! And indeed, how very kind of someone to have parked the red Citroen in a picture perfect spot. πŸ™‚
    Walking around yesterday, everyone is in such happy spirits in the snow – making Paris even more special.

    January 21, 2013 at 10:42 am
  • Oh I am jealous! I’ll just say it! Here in Arles, we had the coooold but not a flurry to be seen. Paris could not be more beautiful than this. Thanks for sharing and take care of yourself–your body must be wondering what on earth is going on!! πŸ˜‰

    January 21, 2013 at 10:46 am
  • Melissa Gaggiano

    That quote – so true. When it rains I love it. When the wind picks up I love it. It’s all good.
    The snow fall looks wonderful. The more I think about it, my family is living in the wrong country.
    I am enjoying reading Italian Joy. I read sections out aloud to Michael, the culture in Italy just sounds so wonderful.

    January 21, 2013 at 11:17 am
  • Absolutely LOVE this!!! πŸ™‚ I was in Amsterdam during the massive snow storm two years ago and it was pure magic. πŸ™‚ I’d love to be in Paris right now experiencing that same awe and wonder. Love your pics! πŸ™‚

    January 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm
  • I’m so happy that Paris was hit with snow so you could take marvellous photos Carla. We did’t get nearly the snow you did in Scotland and I love snow. What doesn’t look magical when blanketed with fluffy white stuff?!! Have a fun week πŸ™‚

    January 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  • parisbreakfast

    YOur Paris is so pretty and romantic…
    Mine is slushy and a tad gritty just like New York
    Go figure..?

    January 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  • Magical images of Paris, Carla! Beautiful montage!

    January 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  • Beautiful photos, Carla!

    January 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  • Debbie

    Don’t know how well I could handle the cold but Paris is really the place to give it a go. A whole other side of Paris that I haven’t seen (or felt) but would surely love to….

    January 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    ……semplicemente e terribilmente stupende!!!

    January 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm
  • Andrea

    Gorrrgeous shots, Carla. How exciting to arrive back in one of the most beautiful cities with such a pretty blanket of snow. Fun!

    January 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  • Beautiful photos Carla! I wish I was there right now. Never seen Paris covered with snow. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, Paris will be pretty no matter what? Enjoy the snow Carla!

    January 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  • So stunning, the reds, whites and blacks. And I love the antique look. I want to rush right up there!

    January 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  • Brad

    Such beautiful images Carla! It looks just stunning the pops of color in the sea of beautiful white snow.
    I took a few images before Christmas in Budapest with my iphone in similar temps and it shut itself down at one point as it froze!!!!! So funny. xx

    January 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm
  • Gorgeous pics carla and I love the pops of red. I am sitting here thinking how lovely it looks and then look to my right and there it is for us………snow falling and at a pretty good pace from the looks of it. Had no idea we were in for snow today. Hope the jet lag and re-entry into normal life is going smoothly, sounded like a fabulous trip. xx

    January 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm
  • OH my gosh Carla – Paris has more snow than freezing Copenhagen. What a contrast for you – hot Sydney and now a snow-covered Paris. Amazing images I see – welcome back sweets, hope you are getting back to the swing of things.

    January 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  • Magnifique Paris sous la neige,chez moi c’est Montmartre sous la neige…

    Belle soirΓ©e


    January 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm
  • So stunning! Oh, please let it snow when I’m there on the 6th. Fingers crossed! It would make for a magical first trip to Paris πŸ˜‰

    January 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • Kathy

    Love Paris…was there in October. Thanks for sharing such stunning photos of this beautiful city!

    January 22, 2013 at 1:34 am
  • Saw the link from Carina, sending me here. Wow. She wasn’t wrong about the car parking perfectly for you! Such beautiful images. Still hot here in Australia as you know, so I love seeing winter images!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:43 am
  • Your snow covered Paris photos are utterly gorgeous!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm
  • My cousin just emailed me to say there was heaps of snow in Paris – and these photos took me there – Love that perfect red citroen image! How amazing were sweltering in the heat over here:)xx

    January 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm
  • Josephine Nyga

    Love all of them bella Carla! Have left Queensland and now living with Von and Holly on the lovely Northern NSW Coast! Gorgeous!! Loving it! Thank you for your fabulous pics of Paris. Yes, it is very surreal, you are living one life and get on a plane, and within 24 hours another. All good, all beautiful experiences! It is all in our attitude, loving all the seasons, weather and the beautiful seasons of our lives! x

    January 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm