The sad (or rather, the challenging) thing about winter is the sheer amount of layers one has to throw on to feel somewhat warm.
The story goes a little something like this:
Definitely *NOT* for the faint of heart.
The most challenging part of this concoction is adapting it to work for exterior-interior transitions*.
The truth is that, when in you are in a new city, you want to do as much walking and exploring as possible.
But onion layering can only get you so far: sometimes, you have to accept that the coat must come off and you have to carry it with you in an effort be somewhat lighter*.
*She posited, small dribbles of sweat rolling down on her neck – don’t you just hate it when that happens?
*Both mentally and physically.
Paris? It’s the charming beast it’s always been.
If you plan on doing lots of sightseeing (and you should!) consider tackling the outfit issue from a practical angle.
A few pointers:
– Flats over heels, always.
– Take a backpack along for your essentials (and discarded layers).
Pro tip: hair combing is optional and baguettes in the AM are mandatory.
– Rent a bike and go off the beaten track – you’ll be pleasantly surprised;
– Get ALL your tickets online, beforehand. The waiting lines to anything remotely important are impossible;
The best accessory?
A super comfortable pair of slip-ons.
Because, honestly: who wants to drag their feet on cobblestone in anything other than comfy, COMFY flats?
Pictured: a two-season-old pair of Zara kicks which never fail to prove their usefulness.
Though I must admit that they only come out to play when there’s a serious amount of walking involved – those cloud-like soles are GOOD.
What about you? Ever been to Paris? What would your advice be for first-timers? Share your thoughts below.