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A Snowstorm Paralyzed Paris, But Its Museums Look Lovely

This week the French capital received far more than its usual share of snow, leaving many of its museums, gardens, and outdoor sculptures with a photogenic dusting of fresh powder.

Paul Signac, "Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris" (1886), oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (via Google Art Project/Wikimedia Commons)
Paul Signac, “Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris” (1886), oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (via Google Art Project/Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this week, Paris all but shut down after a storm dumped up to 20 centimeters (almost eight inches) of snow on the French capital Tuesday night. Though most museums remained open, the Eiffel Tower was forced to close and will not reopen until Sunday due to continuing snowfall. While people continue to dig themselves out, we’ve taken the liberty, equality, and fraternity of compiling some of our favorite Instagram photos from the week of Parisian museums (and their gardens) covered in snow — a rare sight in the typically temperate city.

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#parissouslaneige

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Scenic kisses

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Sculptures du #grandpalais de #paris

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Les Invalides sous la neige ❄️

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#museebourdelle

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