A CHILL THRILL

If your ideal win­ter va­ca­tion is some­where with heaps of snow and ex­tremely cold weather, then Europe is your des­ti­na­tion to be

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Win­ters in Europe are known to be very cold, with tem­per­a­tures of­ten drop­ping be­low zero. How­ever, this cli­mate is ex­actly what many tourists who plan to travel to Europe dur­ing this time of the year look for­ward to ex­pe­ri­ence. We take a look at Lon­don (UK), Paris (France) and Brus­sels (Bel­gium), to find out why win­ter is the best time to flock to these des­ti­na­tions.

LON­DON CALL­ING

Though Christ­mas and New Year is the best time to travel to Lon­don, the city will con­tinue to at­tract tourists dur­ing the win­ter months. The city boasts of many pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions. Lon­don also has the fa­mous ‘hop on, hop off ’ bus ser­vice, which takes you to most of the tourist at­trac­tions of the city. Some pop­u­lar at­trac­tions here in­clude Madame Tus­sauds, Tower of Lon­don, Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium, St Paul’s Cathe­dral, Kens­ing­ton Palace, The Lon­don Eye, The Shard, and the Thames River Cruise. As it’s win­ter, queues at most of these places would be shorter.

THE CITY OF LOVE

From Lon­don, you can catch a train to Paris. The ride will surely turn out to be the best train jour­ney of your life. It will take you more than two hours to reach your des­ti­na­tion. And on the way, you will cross pic­turesque coun­try­side, vast un­in­hab­ited open spa­ces, hills, lakes and lush green patches. The train will halt at Paris’ Gare du Nord sta­tion. If you want to ask for help, prefer­ably ap­proach the young lo­cal crowd, as the ma­jor­ity speaks and un­der­stands English. Paris has a vast metro train net­work, mostly un­der­ground, which will take you al­most ev­ery­where in the city. So, if you dis­em­bark at the right sta­tion, ev­ery ma­jor land­mark in the city can be reached on foot within a few min­utes. Cab rides are ex­pen­sive, so metro is the most eco­nom­i­cal mode of travel in Paris.

Tem­per­a­tures in Paris dur­ing win­ter hover around 5 de­grees Cel­sius. You might en­counter long queues and lots of tourists at ev­ery ma­jor at­trac­tion in the city. It will also be chilly, so spend­ing a lot of time in the open may get dif­fi­cult. If you have heard from peo­ple that the city is ex­pen­sive, well, you have heard the truth. In fact, there isn’t much dif­fer­ence be­tween the prices of food sold on the streets and restau­rants.

If you are in Paris, the Eif­fel Tower is surely go­ing to be on top of your ‘must visit’ list. Most peo­ple visit the tower at night, as about 336 light pro­jec­tors and 20,000 light bulbs make it look mag­nif­i­cent. The tower’s ob­ser­va­tion decks give you a view of Paris’s flood­lit bridges, churches and other land­marks. In the night, the Seine River Cruise is a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion. The hour-long cruise starts at Pont Neuf and takes you past the Lou­vre Mu­seum, Place de la Con­corde, Pont Alexan­dre III Bridge, Eif­fel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathe­dral. A run­ning com­men­tary on the cruise gives you in­for­ma­tion about the dif­fer­ent part of the city, as you sail through the Seine River.

RE­LAX IN BRUS­SELS

You can go to Brus­sels from Paris by bus, which will take you around four hours to reach. Your trip to Brus­sels would be in­com­plete without a visit to the bronze sculp­ture of Man­neken Pis. The Grand Place, Cathe­dral of St Michael and St Gudula, Royal Mu­se­ums of Fine Arts of Bel­gium, and Atomium are some of the other at­trac­tions in Brus­sels pop­u­lar among tourists

PHOTOS: IS­TOCK

Grand Place in Brus­sles

PHOTO:PAWEL LIBERA/LIGHTROCKET/GETTY IM­AGES

Seine River Cruise in Paris

Peo­ple ride the Lon­don bus

Eif­fel tower in Paris

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