Paris has welcomed this year's first heavy snowstorm and are Parisians excited about it! Or maybe not so much... Apart from children running around glaring at the piles of snowflakes, adults are avidly taking photos of an occurrence considered quite rare for the Parisian region.
The snow has successfully made the-most-glamorous-city-in-the-world to appear ever so slightly more enchanting. And although tourists could be raving about it, locals were over it as soon as they stepped out in the streets.
Apparently, such grave winter conditions take citizens by surprise by causing enormous problems in the country's infrastructure. Were you to ask a Parisian whether they were excited to take a walk under the snowflakes, they'd probably just frown, huff and complain.
One thing a local dreads is traffic - public transport, cars, narrow streets, sharp turns, the "periphery", rain, traffic jams and pedestrians. Due to the slippery nature of the roads this week, drivers are having an impossibly hard time trying yo navigate in their summer tyres.
Given the fact that Paris was built across a hilly area, a huge part of the streets are quite narrow prompting you to either descend or climb up. So, it may seem somewhat amusing but also quite unnerving to see a car trying to drive up in the snow without the necessary equipment.
Consequently, it's a joke the time it takes for vehicles to take a turn at a junction. Understandably, commuters are going through nervous breakdowns as a result of being late for work.
Not only that but activists are set to go on strikes against the government to protest its inability to prepare for the season. Trains and flights have been cancelled, tramways are experiencing delays, and the traffic jams are gigantic. Notably, buses have been kept off the road completely leaving the metro as the only properly working means of transport.
And the absurdity of it all is that the snowstorm wasn't even that extreme!