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Paris Once More

Bonjour from Paris, mes amis! I am so happy to be back in my apartment and soon to be back in my bed for a full night’s sleep (hear that, jet lag?). We made a salad for dinner, gathered a fresh baguette and some cheese and (duh) butter, and opened a tasty red wine. Now I am in my jammies, burning my favorite French candle and hoping to publish this post without any mistakes, in spite of my fuzzy-headed fatigue.

I went on a wonderful walk late this afternoon, which is the only way to survive one’s first day in Paris. The evening shadows were already growing long at 4:30, and I got to watch the sky glow with color as the sun disappeared. It was cold but not wet; the crowds were happy; and Paris still is festive in her holiday finery.

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I walked toward the Champs -Elysées and was happily surprised that the Christmas market was still buzzing with activity and redolent with the delicious smells of spiced wine, waffles, and churros.

love a Christmas red coat!

love a Christmas red coat!

                             chocolate!

chocolate!

The biggest problem with hot spiced wine, besides the fact that it often tastes like hot cough syrup, is how to drink it while walking in a crowd.

The biggest problem with hot spiced wine, besides the fact that it often tastes like hot cough syrup, is how to drink it while walking in a crowd.

A selfie stick- as seen on TV. And in every place around the world where tourists are.

A selfie stick- as seen on TV. And in every place around the world where tourists are.

After a short walk through the market, I couldn’t take it any more and so I crossed the Champs- Elysées at the Grand Palais and walked to the ever-popular Alexandre bridge. While there I snapped the Eiffel Tower in shades of lavender.

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From the other side you can see the ferris wheel at at the Tuileries.

From the other side you can see the ferris wheel at the Tuileries.

And then this happened and I swear to you it wasn't intentional. I'm sorry.

And then this happened and I swear to you it wasn’t intentional. I’m sorry.

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After crossing the bridge I walked along the river toward the Musee d’Orsay.

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Hello Orangerie through the bare trees.

I remembered to look behind me and loved these pinks.

I remembered to look behind me and loved these pinks.

After crossing back over the river I was in the Tuileries at dusk.

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Back through the crowded market toward home

Back through the crowded market toward home

The Grand Palais was lit in blue for a big exhibition for which there was a very long line.

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Barbie got a mini for Christmas!

Barbie got a mini for Christmas!

window in a chocolate shop near my apartment

window in a chocolate shop near my apartment

The florist near me was finished with Christmas and was moving on to tulips. I’m all for that.

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And now I get to go to sleep. I’m all for that, too.

Bon soir, my friends!

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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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Another evening stroll. Because that’s how we roll.

Late Sunday afternoon le chien and I strolled  rue du Faubourg St-Honore, which touches my street and then quickly becomes much more fashionable.  It got steadily darker as we walked, and everything became more magical.

The Bristol. Where the Beautiful People stay. The rest of you guys stay with me.

movin on down the road

I always see this mustard shop when it is closed. If I get in before Christmas, anyone want any?

Now this is getting interesting.

another nice hotel

Whoa! What is this shop doing next door to these fancy hotels??? Some naughty girl is going to be very happy on Christmas morning!

Yeah- this window looks much more my style than the other one. Sorry, honey.

I have no idea what they sell, but isn't it pretty?

You really should click on this one. Trust me.

And on that note, it was time to go home.

Have you started shopping yet?

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