A holiday stroll in Paris

Christmas is slowly creeping up, as it does every year, only this year I am not surrounded by 10 feet of snow, the scent of turkey cooking in the oven or the angelic voice of my aunt singing Christmas songs in the kitchen; this year I’m spending Christmas in France. The holidays bring many people home for Christmas, including many of my friends from France who live in Canada. This leaves my schedule just as occupied as if I were home in Canada doing last-minute Christmas shopping and errand-running; a great distraction from missing home. This weekend I made the six-hour trek to Paris to see a few friends for dinner and the beautiful historic city decorated to its finest.

Friends :)
Friends 🙂
I spent a day in Fontainebleau (a smaller city, outside of Paris) and to my surprise I preferred the decorations there than those in Paris. The evergreens covered in yellow lights and red Christmas balls seemed to be the kind of tree I’d find in my grandparents’ living room, and the wreath-shaped lights hanging over the streets didn’t take over the small-town charm. The garland hugging the stores’ railings was welcoming and quaint.

Our night in Paris was more than fabulous as we reunited with our friends over galettes, crêpes and cider. To make up for our waiting in the cold before getting a table, our waiter treated us to a complimentary jug of cider at the end of our meal, despite being there past closing time. Cheers to Paris!

Those crêpes were Worth the wait!
Those crêpes were Worth the wait!

 The next morning Damien and I took in the sun while strolling through the marché de Noel (Christmas market) at le Sacré Cœur. There were so many tourists I think we were the only people speaking French. Despite the crowd, the market was magnificent; the sun gleamed off of hand-carved and painted Russian dolls, next to a stand of steaming fresh soupe à l’oignon. Mittens hung and chestnuts roasted and the murmur of tourists became dull while the parisian view stood before us under the warm winter sun.

Sacré Cœur
Sacré Cœur
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Sacré Cœur from the front
Sacré Cœur from the front
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There was a mini market on its own of astonishinly talented artists.
There was a mini market on its own of astonishinly talented artists.
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In search of more decorations, our journey continued to the Eiffel Tower. It was beautiful as usual but there were no out-of-the-ordinary decorations. Our aimless wandering took us to the Champs d’Elysées, where there were more tourists than Christmas lights! The last place I saw this busy was on Takeshita St (Harajuku), Tokyo. A second, similar, but much larger market lined the lengths of les Champs d’Elysées, lights strung and Christmas melodies barely overcoming the hum of the crowd.

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A beautiful peace monument.
A beautiful peace monument.
The house of the author of The Little Prince!
The house of the author of The Little Prince!
We were happy to make it back to the apartment after a long day of fresh air, to our friends’ company, a glass of wine and supper, tapas-style. One thing I can say is, despite the time of year, Paris will never let you down when you’re looking for adventure.

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IMG_1561We were happy to make it back to the apartment after a long day of fresh air, to our friends’ company, a glass of wine and supper, tapas-style. One thing I can say is, despite the time of year, Paris will never let you down when you’re looking for adventure.

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