After ths snow we have had great blue skies since yesterday. A nice opportunity to shot lots of picture like this one on the Place de la Concorde where the holiday wheel stands behind the Louxor obelisk. The horse still has got snow on his back !
I am posting late today as I was preparing tonight's diner and then touring the city up to the Tower and the "Village de Noël" on the Trocadero from where I took this picture this afternoon.
Have a very merry Christmas everyone ! Joyeux Noël as we say in French !
Like they did last year, the "The museum of Fairground Arts" reopened its door to individual public this Christmas season. Just a magical atmosphere. I would really recomend the visit if your're in Paris until January 2nd. For more about it see my last year post : Musée des Arts Forains
If anyone of you have heard about the 1 mile queue of Eurostar passengers in St Pancras station in London, I was there yesterday !!! I was fortunate enough to get through that crowd and board a train at 7:45 pm which made me arrive in Paris at 0:30 but lots of people are still stuck in London and Paris trying to get or come back from there. Incredible ! It only snowed Saturday in London and when we got in Paris last night there were not a trace of snow. Can you imagine that they closed Heathrow during nearly 2 days for that !
More Christmas lights as we are approaching the date ... Here is the shopping center called "Bercy Village" located at the edge of the Parc de Bercy. I very often go there as my favorite cinema theatre is at the end of this pedestrian shopping street.
This building is "Le Monde" headquarters in Paris on the Boulevard Blanqui in the 13th arrondissement. This newspaper is our " Times ". It's considered as an intellectual quality newspaper. The funny is that befor they move their headquarters in this building I used to work there. Much better than now in the suburb ...
This titlle meaning " Tell me when will you come back ?" is one of Barbara's most famous song. Barbara, a French singer was born in this house at 6 rue Brochant in the 17th arrondissement of Paris near the Batignolles quarter. I walked by this house by chance and was deeply touched to see it as Barbara is probably my favorite French singer ever. She was born there in 1930 and died in 1997 and she's one of the major singer of our history. I had the chance to see many of her concerts in the last part of her life and her songs are part of my life as it is also for many French and maybe especially Parisians as she was a real one (born here!). The song below was recorded in the 60's but it's one of her "standards" that she kept singing all her life and to me so related to Paris ...
Yes "shopping" is a word curently used by French when they go ... shopping : "je vais faire du shopping" (I am going to do some shopping). Only our Quebec cousins have created a French word for it : magasiner.
So let's do some shopping at what we call " les Grands Magasins" in other words the " big department stores" which for a Parisian mean Le Printemps and Les Galeries Lafayette on the boulevard Haussman. Dont't you think Le Printemps has gorgeous decoration ?
There are always many people standing in front of the Opera house and they're not only tourist. For Parisians, the place is also a good and often used meeting point to wait for friends who then say " rendez-vous devant l'Opéra".
Paris has got very few Middle Age houses left. This is one of them. It's originnaly from the 15th century and is still occupied by private owners. There is even one apartment for sale as you can see on the sign put on the 3rd floor window (4th floor for our American friend as you count the "Rez de chaussée (ground floor) for first floor which we do not). Beautiful blue sky on Paris yesterday bu snow is to be back this week.
As some of you may have heard on the news, Paris and the area has been under a snow storm yesterday when 11 cm of snow fell in one afternoon which did not happen since 1987. Sorry I can't share a nice view of Paris under the snow but only this view from my office window that I took while I was wondering how I was going to get back home (I work in the north suburb). I wisely decided to leave my car at the office and come back to Paris by train and I was happy with that choice when I saw on the news that lots of people had to sleep in their car last night stuck on the highways.
Going to see "les vitrines de Noël des Grands Magasins " ( big department stores Christmas windows) is something a lot of Parisian and suburbans do at this time of year. As you can see they have put a special path for children so they can be at the good hight and away for tall adults.
Yesterday evening I had the great pleasure to meet Genie from "Paris and Beyond". She had just arrived in Paris that same day and she and her daughter fought jetlag and freezing weather to meet me for a nice diner in a Brasserie in the 5th arrondissement. I had a great time talking and sharing with them. That is exactly why I keep on going with this blog.
To celebrate the month theme day which is Time I present the Orsay Museum clock. This museum is a former railway station that is why you can see inscriptions "Paris - Orléans" as the trains from there where going to this city in the center of France. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants