Friday, December 31, 2010

Ice skating for New Year's Eve

Let's spend the last day of 2010 on the Ice ring in front of Paris City Hall. I hope you all are going to have a great evening and I'll see you in 2011 ! 

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Outside holidays markets offer lots of food from France regions like these "saucissons" from south west of France.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Just because I like the word "Métropolitain" and the reflexion of the rue de Rivoli's building in the subway map.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The photographer in the Parc de Bercy

It did not snow for a week but since temperature are very low, the snow stays on in the gardens and parks like here in the Parc de Bercy where I shot this photographer shooting the Rachid Kimoune "Childrens of the world Statues" 

Monday, December 27, 2010

On continue la balade

As the blue sky is on, let's continue walking and leave yesterday's Place de la Concorde to the Tuileries garden where these seats long to welcome people. Why is that ?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Place de la Concorde

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 !

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Noel on the Champs Elysées

Christmas market on the Champs Elysées on Christmas day.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Joyeux Noël

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 !

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The couple

Yesterday's snow alert was finally not that big and rain took the place but it's still cold in Paris so let's enjoy a coffee or tea in that nice Rouge bar in les Halles like this nice couple.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Le Musée des Arts Forains public opening

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What a mess !

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 !

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bercy Village

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.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Le Monde

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 ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Foie de veau or Aligot ?

I will have "Aligot". What about you ?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dis quand reviendras-tu ?

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 ...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shopping de Noël aux Grands Magasins

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 ?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rendez-vous devant l'Opéra

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".

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Middle age building

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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Too cold !

Better have the "croissant" inside today ...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Immeuble Haussmannien

Typical Paris Haussman Building with balconies on the second and 5th floor. These apartment buildings are among the most expensive in the city.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Champs Elysées boutiques at night

Sephora has put on great lightings this year an so does the Marriot on the Champs Elysées.

Friday, December 10, 2010

La vendeuse de crèpes

Guess what kind of pancake I like ? One more "péché mignon" ...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snow storm

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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Notre Dame 2010 Christmas tree

Let's continue with Christmas trees in Paris. This year we have a blue Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. It's gorgeous at night.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red tree at the Italie 2 mall

"Italie 2" is one of Paris few malls. It's located in the 13th arrondissement on the "Place d'Italie" which you can see through the windows.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Le sapin de Noël

Already time to buy the Christmas tree ?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pont au Change by night

Crossing the bridge on a cold December day. I may have lived here for years now, I still love it !

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Les vitrines de Noël

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. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Blog friend meeting

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.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Little Parisian in the white

Snow is back and this time enough to stay on the ground. Hopefully the little guy is well dressed for the cold.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Theme day : Time

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.
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