A great hot summer
A great hot summer is bound to be followed by a period of less great sunny weather and it feels like we getting closer to some rainy weeks (rainy weeks means really normal Paris weather). So if you plan to visit Paris from the upcoming weekend (no rain on the reports but clouds) remember to pack either an umbrella or a rain coat.
My recommendation to a tourist going to Paris (or Brussels) is to forget the umbrella and pack a rain coat small enough to carry around in a bag or back pack, or even better a rain poncho. Yes, it’s not so hot and sexy to walk around in a rain coat or poncho but Paris side walks are narrow and it’s a surprisingly windy city so umbrellas might cause you some unexpected encounters like when it breaks cause of the wind or the fact that you can’t move forward cause you meet people.
And as a tourist you like to have both hands free for “Kodak moments” (no one under 40 years old will get that one) or easy access to a bag, backpack or pockets and whatever you have there.
If you still think sexy is the main look to have during a rain shower or a complete rainy day dress in your see through rain poncho and go commando under it. You won’t get far but you made a statement.
In any case, remember, umbrellas are a nice thing but not always the best choice and you might soon discover, like me and the native population, that just surrender and get wet, the umbrellas can’t be used anyway in a crowd, but a rain coat can….