November 26, 2013

Christmas is just around the corner

Time is flying by and in less than a month it is Christmas already. It seems like we just returned from the Toussaint break and before that it seemed we had just gotten back from summer holidays.

Having a rather mild autumn definately improved the Parisians' mood and the trees along the avenues are still showing off the most wonderful foliage of red and orange shades.

But this week the cold weather has arrived and with it the wrought up nerves and impatient honking that this city' dwellers are renowned for.

It also seems the entire city is on a shopping spree. I can't believe the French are so organized as to be Christmas shopping but there is definiately a great deal of consumption going on.

I took myself down to the Grands Magasins to check out the infamous Christmas window displays of Galleries Lafayettes and Printemps as well as the Christmas lights along the Champs Elysées. I am not exaggerating when I say I could harldy get past the tremendous crowds on Saturday evening, let alone get a glimps of the wonderful Christmas windows.

Galleries Lafayette in the pink

A glimps down Boulevard Haussmann

Printemps' Christmas teddy bears dressed in Prada

The Galleries Lafayettes tell the story of Lilly by Marc Jacobs

Touch of America

Never a spot without tourist souvenirs

Arc de Triomph in Christmas spirit 

Looking down the Champs Elysées

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