Paris is known as the City of Light, but it may need to temporarily change its nickname to the City of Snow after a massive snowfall on the French capital on Feb. 7.
According to Reuters, as much as six inches (15 centimeters) of snow covered Paris, making it the largest amount of snow the city has seen since 2013. It resulted in snarled traffic, an opportunity to ski through the streets and some very cold tourists.
Iconic tourism spots, like the Bassin de Latone in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, took on a new look thanks to the snow.
The snowfall caused a widespread disruption of traffic around the region, leaving motorists and other travelers stranded.
French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said what could be done to minimize travel disruptions had been done — but road grit wasn't likely to help given the large amount of snow.
Emergency shelters, like this one installed at the Robert Wagner gymnasium in the Paris suburb Velizy-Villacoublay, were available to motorists who had to abandon their cars. Reuters reported that around 1,500 people needed shelters between Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Griveaux said the weather was so unusual for Paris that the city was as prepared as it will ever be for future incidents like this, telling RTL radio, "We're not going to adapt our infrastructure for an exceptional occurrence, for two big snowfalls that happen every four or five years."
Still, plenty of folks have been taking the opportunity to have fun, including skiing down Montmartre hill in front of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
The Eiffel Tower closed to visitors by Tuesday afternoon, before the heaviest snowfall had arrived, but the streets of Paris, like this snow-covered alley on the Champ de Mars, were still open to the public.
Other Parisian tourism attractions like the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, were still open, giving visitors a new way to experience a classic attraction.
Even houseboats on the Seine received a dusting of snow.
As Paris heads into another night, residents can expect below-freezing temperatures of 28 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 2 degrees Celsius). Roads are frozen and icy, so motorists have been advised to stay off the roads. Train service is expected to improve, but delays are still likely.
Patience will be needed, but for now, the scenery is memorable.