Snow is rare in Paris. Generally we see a few flakes once or twice a year, but it almost always melts the moment it touches the ground -- or else it snows during the night and it is already half gone by the time people wake up. The snow on the weekend was reputedly the heaviest snowfall in Paris since the 1980's. Even though there were no big flakes, it snowed non stop for more than 12 hours.
It is beautiful, but must be very slippery with all those hills. I studied in Perugia, an Italian "hilltown" (though fully a city) atop a small mountain or very high hill, and it was quite treacherous when there was snow and ice - which probably happens more often there than in Paris, as it is at a higher elevation, though many Km south...
A doctor friend there was always pissed off when she had to set the broken ankles of chic young women who insisted on wearing high heels...
You've already shown us that furry cat. It certainly has an adequate coat for snow, and weather considerably colder than that day's.
I live in Alaska and I still think Montmartre may be worse in the snow! All of the steps and hills have got to be treacherous, especially if it is still cold when the snow melts and turns into ice. I have to say, though, it looks beautiful!
Beautiful! This is a Montmarte I've never seen before, even in photos. It's amazing how in some of the shots it looks like an idyllic little town rather than a wildly popular tourist trap in a wildly popular city. Having said that, I am surprised that a pretty healthy number of tourists braved the weather. I sure wouldn't have!
We just got a bunch of snow yesterday and my scruffy street looked pretty for a little while. I should have taken pictures. Too late now, it looks like crap again.
There were far more Parisians than usual in the crowd, because whenever it snows in Paris, the first thing that comes to the mind of a lot of Parisians is "let's go to Montmartre" and they flock there like lemmings. I'm proof of that.
I think that in places where it doesn't snow often, locals tend to go out in it. Here, where it rarely snows, the rare times you see lots of people walking around outside is when it does. At least the first day.