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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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Strasbourg- A Christmas Wonderland!

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We celebrated Mark’s birthday last weekend with a day trip to Strasbourg, which sits very close to the German border.  We took a TGV that departed Paris around 8:30 Saturday morning and was supposed to arrive in Strasbourg around 11:00.  However, we had our very first bad train experience (technical difficulties) which included sitting in the middle of nowhere for a half an hour, hearing an announcement in French (the only part of which I understood was “this is not good news”), returning the direction from whence we came for a short time, unloading part of our train and then loading them onto our part of the train, riding very slowly through the countryside, and finally arriving in Strasbourg at 1:45.  We didn’t have any plans for the day (other than our lunch reservations, which we had to cancel) so the delay didn’t really matter, and we considered it just another adventure.  I did regret two decisions I had made that morning, however, which were not to bring reading material or snacks.  Yeah- I got pretty bored and hungry on the way.

We did get to see snow on the ground on that long journey, though!

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It wasn’t falling from the sky- just covered the ground- but it was very pretty.

Strasbourg is said to have the oldest Christmas market in France, and it was spread throughout the entire town.  Each had its own decorations and lights, and endless quantities of hot spiced wine, which tasted wonderful on that very cold day.

Yum.

Yum.

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chocolate nativity scene!

chocolate nativity scene!

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Twas a very fun and festive day.  We were home and in our jammies by 10:00, feeling as though we had been to another country for the day.  Or maybe even to the North Pole.

Happy shopping, mes amis.  If I do much more, I fear that Air France will not let me board my flight on the 21st.  Maybe I should just buy one of those fancy French trunks and send it all home in style?

Ho Ho Ho!

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Snow Wanted!

When we went to bed Thursday night, snow was predicted for Paris.  We were fully expecting a Snow Day.  When I dragged myself to the window at 4:00 the next morning, it was indeed snowing.  I thought a Snow Day was guaranteed.  Alas, when I arose at 7:00, the snow was nowhere to be seen.  School was on.  Curses and gnashing of teeth were heard.

I went to Parc Monceau that morning for  my brisk walk, and saw a little evidence of the fleeting flakes.

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According to my iPhone, our next chance of snow is not until next Wednesday.  Bah!

In the morning we take the TGV to Strasbourg, which has been getting snow this week, so perhaps we will see some while we are there.  We are really going to see France’s oldest Christmas market and Strasbourg’s lovely cathedral, but snow would be the cherry on top.  Or maybe I should say “the icing on the cake”, as we are also celebrating my sweet husband’s birthday this weekend.  Feel free to send him a birthday greeting in the comments section.  He has been known to read my blog.

Bon weekend to you all, mes amis.  Send snow!

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