I am have a trip planned for the middle of October to Paris. I am surprising my wife with it so I have been doing all of the planning solo and just want to make sure I do my due diligence of not missing overlooking anything!
My first question is, I know of all the touristy sites and places but I was trying to see what hidden gems there might be that we can visit. On our vacations, we usually enjoy trying to interact with the locals and spend our time at a place as though we live there. Yes we will go to the touristy places to check them off our list but for the most part we assimilate into the culture and lifestyle of where we are. Are there any places that mostly locals only know about that are worth while to check out to get a true Parisian experience?
Secondly, we are traveling in mid October. I have done my research on the weather and have seen it is mostly cool and damp. Those are very generic terms I understand which is why I was hoping someone could quantify them for me. We will be staying 10 days and I was wondering how often will it be raining during our stay? I.e. 50%, 75%...? Should I be packing a rain coat to wear everyday or would general attire plus an umbrella work just fine?
Finally, we are staying near Luxembourg Gardens. I was just wondering how the gardens are during mid October? Are the trees mostly dead or are they peaking in changing color? I hope the latter as it would be shame that we are at the gardens when everything is dead!
Thank you all in advance and I cannot wait to join you in sharing my experiences in Paris!!!