Category Archives: Galeries Lafayette

More Paris Christmas Past

Bonjour my friends. My two college kids are both home, the tree is up, and most of the presents are bought and wrapped. I guess Christmas is really going to happen. In addition to worrying about whether anyone  who is going to end up with fewer gifts than everyone else and what we are going to eat on Eve and Day, I am also beginning to make lists of what I need to take back to Paris on the 28th. We will have been gone for three months this time, and I have kind of forgotten what I have there and what I need for the cold months ahead. Today I added stone-ground cornmeal and steel-cut oats to my Paris pile, items which can be bought there but rarely on the first attempt. I am also taking a jar of “Better Than Bouillon”, as pre-made stock is not available and I hate those little cubes that taste like they came straight from the chemistry lab.

I hope you are all checking things off your list and staying in good humor. This cartoon from the New Yorker reminded me to smile or take off my party hat. And I do so love a good hat.



Here are some more pics from Paris in December, to keep you feeling the cheer!



Bouche de Noel- yum

Buche de Noel- yum

no idea what they are but too pretty to eat

no idea what they are but too pretty to eat





Fa la la la la la la la la la!



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Louis Vuitton Does Christmas For Galeries Lafayette

All that remains of my Thanksgiving celebration are the table linens waiting to be ironed and the leftovers waiting to be eaten.  I do so love a holiday that is all about the food and the table, don’t you?  But now that the dishes are put away, there is no denying that Christmas and Hanukkah will soon be upon us.  Paris is definitely all decked out in her holiday finery.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had the pleasure of several rounds of guests in the last two weeks.  They all  enjoyed seeing the lights and windows of the two big department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.

Today’s feature is Galeries Lafayette.

All of you Louis Vuitton fans will love these windows, which he decorated for the store’s theme of  “Ball of the Century“.  The theme refers to the 100 year anniversary of the store’s gorgeous Art Nouveau dome, pictured here above the glittering Christmas tree.

Isn’t that an amazing tree?  The gigantic Swarovski crystals changed colors under the big lights beaming down upon them.  I thought the color effects on the dome were gorgeous.

Now for the Louis Vuitton windows.  I am beginning to understand that Christmas windows in Paris department stores are not going to be displaying traditional holiday symbols.  Non, non, non.  Louis Vuitton offers us a delightful array of animals, but not a reindeer in sight.  Lots of trunks and luggage, but nary a sleigh.  I would love my presents delivered in an LV trunk- thanks, Santa!

This lovely trunk can be yours for a mere 44,000 euros.

Although not a huge LV purse fan, I am quite fascinated with the luggage, so I enjoyed looking at all these pieces in the windows.  People who own this luggage clearly do not fly with the masses, whose bags are thrown on and off the belts and carts like sacks of potatoes.  Or worse.  Sometimes I like to linger outside the swanky hotels just to watch the luggage that is being wheeled in and out.  Weird, I know, but harmless.

Start shopping, my friends!  Christmas will be here before you know it.


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