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Christmas in Paris

Notre Dame

The holiday spirit is in full swing in Paris. While decorations in France are more subdued than those in the U.S., festive sights abound this Christmas season. From the massive sapin de Noël (Christmas tree) in front of Notre Dame cathedral, to the shower of street lights illuminating the Rue St. Honoré, to Christmas cookies cooling at the boulangerie Poilâne, to the outdoor Christmas market at the foot of the St. Germain des Prés church, to the Salvation Army bell-ringer outside Le Bon Marché department store, here are some of my favorite images from this Christmas in la Capitale:

Rue St. Honoré

Christmas decorations for sale in Monoprix,
a.k.a. the French version of Target

"Joyeuses Fêtes" (Happy Holidays) from Hallmark!

The smiling Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) bell ringer

Christmas Cafe
Un monsieur decorating the windows
of a neighborhood café in the Rue du Bac

Christmas Tree
Choosing a Christmas tree with baby in tow

Market Wreath
A beautiful holiday wreath from the Boulevard Raspail outdoor market

Christmas Cookies
Christmas angel cookies at Poilâne bakery

Christmas Stollen
Christmas stollen for the Fête of St. Nicolas on December 6th

Christmas Wines
French vins et spiritueux (wines and spirits)
to ring in the holiday cheer

St. Germain
The Marché de Noël at St. Germain des Prés

I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season--Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!!

December 10, 2008

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