Karen Fawcett, president of Bonjour Paris, answers a question from our readers.
My husband and I will again be visiting Paris for a week beginning November. We have never been there in the colder weather and I would like to bring a short fur jacket if it is going to be cold enough (I’ll watch the forecast). Since we will be doing a lot of walking outdoors and also museum touring my concern is with the latter. Do the museums have facilities for safe checking/storage of furs or will I have to carry the coat? I have other winter outer-garments I could bring instead, but want to be sufficiently warm without having to over-pack. I also don’t want to drag a cumbersome jacket within the museums, if I won’t be allowed to safely check the fur. Any help you can give me would be appreciated.
If you’re bringing only one coat, I’m not sure I’d opt for a fur jacket. It’s not a question of security when checking coats. Instead, it’s a matter of comfort. If it’s cold enough to be wearing fur, my guess is you’d prefer a long coat. A jacket means your legs will be exposed to the cold unless you’re wearing heavy slacks.
I’m not saying this because I am anti-fur. Rather, my sentiments are based on packing light. In my opinion, a jacket doesn’t offer enough versatility during what might be a cold, or not so cold, time of the year.
Please let me know what you decide.