500 years ago, King Francis 1 of France said “Paris is not a city, it’s a world…”
That still holds true today, and in each season a different side to the world of Paris is revealed – especially when winter comes, bringing a sharp edge to the air, decorating the streets and buildings with a sparkling frost and sometimes draping the city in a blanket of snow.
We asked one of our favourite photographers, Wazim Tagaully, to share some of his favourite winter wonderland photos of Paris…
Frosty cobbled streets, charming bistros and picturesque squares lined with ancient buildings on top of a hill – Montmartre’s chilly charms are irresistible (top photo).
The white stone Basilica of Sacré-Coeur shimmers in the snow.
The Canal St-Martin, commissioned by Napoleon in 1802, criss-crossed by iron footbridges glistens with glacial beauty.
The Eiffel Tower appears to pop its head above the clouds on cold nights.
Sip seasonal mulled wine in Le Consulat café in Montmartre, the favourite of many artists, including Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec
In winter when it snows, Paris turns a whiter shade of pale.
Sparkling Galerie Vivienne, a shopping mall built in the 1820s, is a listed historic monument.