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J’Adore Dior

Actually, I have never owned anything that said “Dior” on the label.  But the Dior windows right now?  A. Maz. Ing. Totally. They have transformed Paris windows into an exotic tropical wonderland, with hanging orchids that look oh so real. Gorgeous.

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Am I right or am I right? Well played, Dior; well played.

If you could take home piece, which would it be?

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Paris For A Week

This will be my quickest trip to Paris ever- arrive on a Sunday and leave on the next Saturday.  But when my daughter said she would like to spend her final week of vacation in Paris with us, I jumped at the chance.  Six days is better than none, oui?

After showering off the Air France residue on Sunday morning, she and I went to the art market near the Tour Montparnasse.  I discovered this weekly artists market when I was here in the fall, and now I hate to miss a Sunday there.  Although some of the artists had apparently not returned from their holiday, there was plenty of art to admire.  Martha bought this pretty little watercolor print of St. Germain.

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For moi, two little ink sketches.

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Le Marche Parisien de la Creation is located on Boulevard Edgar Quinet from rue Huygens to rue du Depart.  The best metros are Edgar Quinet or Montparnasse-Bienvenue.

Later, we forced ourselves to waken from our jet-lagged laden naps with a walk down Avenue Montaigne.  I was happy to see that she was still dressed in her holiday finery, and that the store windows were  gleaming in the perfect evening light.

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Louis Vuitton looked like a modern a modern art exhibit.

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Dior had a spacey, futuristic vibe.

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The Champs Elysees is still glittering, as well.  Here is one of four sections of a traffic circle, all of which were glowing blue and white.

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It feels really nice to be back in Paris, even if only for a few days.  And it feels particularly nice knowing that we are missing the freezing temperatures that have gripped Texas this week!  Stay warm, mes amis!

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Looking For Full Moons, Vampires, Pumpkins, And Witches

(I am a bit behind in publishing my posts, which is why this post refers to Halloween and un-lit Christmas decorations.  Stay with me- I’ll get back on track eventually.)

It seems like a long time since we strolled down Avenue Montaigne (= Paris’ Rodeo Drive) to see what treasures the windows were holding.  Shall we?

I wonder what Montaigne would think  if he knew that a street synonymous with haute couture was named for him.  Did he even like nice clothes?

I took these photos on Halloween night.  The air was brisk, the night sky was clear, and Mark was on his way home from London.  I decided to go for a walk in search of Halloween revelers.  No sign of Halloween was found, but I thoroughly enjoyed my nocturnal stroll.

Bonpoint girl set the winter tone for the evening.

Such an elegant dress!

This window was full of gorgeous, bejeweled shoes.

A pair of these pandas guard the doors to the Plaza Athenee Hotel. They are done by artist Julien Marinetti.

When I reached the river, I went out onto a bridge and took pictures from both directions.

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And this, which although blurry, shows the incredible full moon that was lighting my path.

Heading back up the other side of Montaigne, I loved these Velibs (rental bikes) all lined up and glowing green.

Louis Vuitton windows were looking fab.

Dior for bebe and maman.

This store, Caron, is brimming with girly things like perfume and powder puffs and lots of gold stuff.  I am sure some people look forward to visiting this store each time they are in Paris, but  just looking in the windows makes me feel like I am getting a rash.

One last sighting of the moon over the Champs Elysees.  The Christmas light  hoops are back on the trees but not lit.  I will have plenty of pics when they are lit, even though I still complain mightily about  their lameness.

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