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Hen Ideas

Paris in autumn offers a fine time for hens

Red7 , September 10, 2014

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As the mercury dips at the close of the year, so does the cost of travelling to the French capital. The crowds thin out and the hotels lower their rates accordingly.

If you are thinking of booking a hen do in the City of Light, now is the time to do it.

Brits will not be put off by the chilly nights in Paris.  You’ll need a sweater, a light jacket et une parapluie très chic, and you are all set.

As in the UK, early September can feel like summer has taken a long lease in Paris, and you are more likely to wear a skirt, sandals and sunglasses-  but as the month comes to a close winter draws on.

This is the time of year when the restaurants go local. Some eateries on the beaten tourist track may close, but those that keep their doors open are often the aficionados’ favourites.

From October to December, Parisian shops stock up with the best and biggest range of items, in the run up to the festive season. While you should not avoid Avenue des Champs Elysées, make sure you also take in Les Halles , Rue de Rivoli, Le Marais, and Boulevard Haussmann to name a few favourite destinations of shopaholics. When it comes to flashing the plastic, Paris really is streets ahead

As the midnight bell tolls on the third Thursday of November, it is time to uncork the Beaujolais Nouveau. Across the city, you and the hens will find restaurants, wine bars and cafes offering midnight uncorking of the wine, special menus and celebrations. Even if your groups does not fancy burning the candles at both ends, there will plenty of specials on this wine over the autumn weeks.

The fête des vendanges à Montmartre in October celebrates the harvest of the area’s grapes while the salon du chocolat takes place at Porte de Versailles in the second half of the month. For chilled-out hens, the fête des jardins or festival of parks features activities in the golden parks and gardens all over the city during the last weekend of September.

That’s Paris – a breath of fresh air – even in autumn.

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