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Paris in september?

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1. Posted by mikeklek (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Can anyone tell me about traveling in Paris during September? I am hearing horor stories about it during that time.


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hi mikeklek,

I've heard August is the worst month to see Paris (and France in general).

I went in September of 2003 and it was perfect - the weather was great, people were back from vacation (read: relaxed), everything was open, only the very popular attractions (Eiffel Tower, Versailles, etc.) were crowded with tourists, kids are back in school. I'd venture to say September is probably the best month to see Paris. It was for me!


3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

I's agree with Tway, September seems to be an ideal time to visit the city. There are no public holidays so everything's open, less people, the heat is dying down from the summer and there's not as much rain. Looks like a safe time to go to me! Have a blast!

Katie ;)

4. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

I must say that I hate Septembers in Paris.
Everybody is back from holidays at the same time, people are nervous and busy again, public transportation is crowded, it is impossible to park anywhere again and work is back at full speed from the near stop of the Summer.

For parisians, July and especially August is a welcome break. The City is near empty with only crowds of happy tourists in the most popular areas. And there is Paris Plage ;). The only drawback is the heat, which was terrible in 2003 with several days at more than 30 °C/85 °F (and no air conditioning in most buidlings).

The above, of course, is the view of someone LIVING in Paris and not a visitor view!

Anyway, I do think the best period of the year to visit Paris is late Spring (May or June). The weather is generally fine (except during the Roland Garros Tennis tournament during which it rains), days are very long, people are just restarting to crowd the cafes, there are some festivals inside or outside Paris (fête de la musique on 21st of June, Grandes Eaux Musicales in Versailles) and not too many visitors.