Global climate change or no, something is amiss with dour drizzle and depressing clouds hanging over what should be a sunbathed Paris filled with hikers and cyclists by this time of year. The odd weather patterns are putting a damper on the city's sunny aura, but at least there are still plenty of indoor activities to attract travelers.
Spring in the Pyrenees “arrives early and quickly feels like the summer”, according to one tourist website. Not this year.
Tourists usually come to cycle, hike, and marvel at wildflowers in the meadows. On Monday at the Col du Tourmalet (altitude 2,115 metres) they contemplated 10 metres of snow.
France and much of western Europe are experiencing the coolest May temperatures for 25 years. Bordeaux is seven degrees below normal; the Cannes Film Festival has been drenched.
In the Seine-et-Marne department east of Paris farmers squelch and shiver their way to work.