Sunday, June 2, 2013

A birthday present to do with Paris/France?

My best friend loves Paris any ideas on what I can buy her?

A little eiffel tower ornament and a non-tacky t-shirt with paris on it? look in New Look or something, they have really nice t-shirts in there and I bought one saying "Paris, City Of Love" with a picture of the eiffel tower on it, for only £7

- French perfume
- French cupcake book
- French recipe book
- Eiffel tower miniature version that lights up like the real one
- Clothes that has French slogans on it

A T-shirt "I Love Paris"

Can you walk past the pyramid of the Louvre at night?

Can you walk past the pyramid of the Louvre in Paris at night, or is it in the museum precincts?

Yes, you can walk around the pyramid of the Louvre museum at night. It's at the cour Napoléon of the museum, it's opened, there are galleries and a restaurant. And you can get into the museum at night on Wednesdays and Fridays, when the museum close at almost 10 PM.

There's a shopping centre under the pyramid. Shops close at 8 PM but the gallery remains opened until 11 PM.

Is the weather in Paris always nasty in May?

I traveled to Paris last week and the weather was horrible. London is notorious for its wet and gloomy weather but the weather in Paris was worse last week.

Late May is supposed to be warm and pleasant in much part of the US and East Asia; however, this may not be the case in Western Europe.

The weather in Paris fluctuates so much within a day - raining in the early morning → cloudy in the morning → sunny at noon → raining in the afternoon → cloudy and windy in the evening → raining at night again. When it's sunny, it was like a nice summer day but when it's raining, it almost felt like the winter.

My questions are:
1. Does the weather usually fluctuate a lot within a day in Paris?
2. Is the weather in Paris as nasty as it is in London?
3. When is the best time to travel to Paris? What months?

You were unlucky. The weather this year has been dreadful and this spring has been the coldest and wettest in years both in France and the UK.
1) Paris is prone to sudden showers, and the weather does fluctuate in early spring.
This year the weather in May was more like it is in very early April.
2)Usually the weather in Paris is more pleasant than in London, and London has been so cold this year that the central heating kicks in now and it is June. It can be extremely extremely hot in Paris in July and August but this year the weather is predicted to be colder and much wetter than usual. 
3) Normally May and June are very pleasant.

The recent poor weather is due to climate change. The Gulf Stream which warms the west coast of Europe is not following the same pattern as it normally does as a result of which the weather is much worse than we normally experience and if this trend continues we shall have a similar climate in Europe to that of Canada.