When I woke up on a February morning last year in my lovely minimalist room at The Hoxton Paris to discover Paris blanketed in snow, I first drank a lot of coffee (internal central heating) and consumed a vast amount of heavily buttered baguette (fuel), before slipping and sliding off to the 1eme to experience Paris in a white out.

None of these photographs were shot in black and white, or post-processed: it was simply as if Paris had become monochrome overnight.

I’ve not run these images on here on LLG before, but I thought this was an opportune moment, given that no one outside of France will be visiting the City of Lights for months and months, so we may as well appreciate it in the ether for the time being.

It also ties in with a little giveaway that I am running between here and the @libertylndngirl Instagram. I have one set of four books on achieving Parisian style to give away from my bookshelves: simply leave a comment here and/or under the Instagram photo. Perhaps tell me where your favourite place is in Paris. Or, if you haven’t visited yet, where you might like to visit in the future. Or, the place you LONG to visit once the lockdowns are lifted…

The four books are:
Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange
Dress Like a Parisian by Aloïs Guinut
How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Beres
Paris Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess

And, now, Paris in the snow…

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What a fun giveaway! I was a total tourist stereotype for my first time in Paris in 2018 and would love to go back to the Louvre again. I spent (not nearly enough) time in the upper Richelieu wing having quality alone time with Vermeer’s lace maker and a variety of Rembrandts while everyone was crowding the Mona Lisa in the Renaissance wing. I can’t believe how fortunate I was at the time and look forward to the day I am able to return to France to see my family and more beautiful art! My husband would probably argue for the marche des puces where he found a cafe with live gypsy jazz but he is the cool one and I am the nerd 😉

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It has to be the Marais, simply wandering around buying perfumes, chocolates and tea with my best friends. We meet here yearly and stay at Hotel Bourg Tibourg. No metro, no lovers. Paris is for your closest friends in my opinion, far more romantic, especially as we are dotted over Europe and it’s a central place to meet.

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My favorite place in Paris is the Place Saint Sulpician. Last year when I was there, my aunt and I went on a long walk and paused by the fountain there. It was our last day in Paris, and we were soaking up the April sunshine, and the atmosphere. I cannot wait to return, hopefully next year. Thank you so much for running this contest, and reminding me of a beautiful moment!

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My favorite place in Paris is the Place Saint Sulpice. Last year when I was there, my aunt and I went on a long walk and paused by the fountain there. It was our last day in Paris, and we were soaking up the April sunshine, and the atmosphere. I cannot wait to return, hopefully next year. Thank you so much for running this contest, and reminding me of a beautiful moment!

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Just sitting on the street by Notre Dame with a takeaway pastry & a coffee watching the people jostle for pictures xx

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Rue de Buci is my favourite area with fabulous street markets, quirky bars and a stunning art hotel which used to be called the Buci Latin, now Artus Hotel, where every room was individually stamped with an artist identity – years ahead of its time stylistically… missing seeing women with the style of Ines de la Fressange, my all-time fashion muse.

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Not commenting for the giveaway.
I just love snow photographs in general and these pictures of Paris in the snow are wonderful! How lovely it must have been, the grey skies, the smell of the icy city and the feel of the cold on the skin “…as if Paris had become monochrome overnight.”

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It was one of those memorable days; I left my hotel slipping on the ice, but with such a sense of purpose. I had never seen Paris in the snow before but I suspected that the Louvre, and the Tour Eiffel would be majestic in the snow. And, of course, to see Paris almost deserted was extraordinary. The silence that comes with sudden snowfall, and the calm from the halted traffic.

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I think my favourite place is Cafe de flore! It may be because the likes of Picasso and Jean Paul Satre have enjoyed high tea there, or it could just be the fact the hot chocolate is just darn good!
Xx

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