Posted by on Dec 26, 2010 in Uncategorized |

This week’s entry will be a short one, just wanted to wish all those who celebrate it a very happy Christmas. Over the past few weeks I’ve tried to capture the spirit of Christmas in Paris but the pictures don’t really do it justice.

Since I haven’t seen snow since I was 2, I was very excited by the first snowfall of winter!

First snowflakes

My first venture into the snow was not very comfortable – snowflakes stuck to my eyelashes and even went up my nose. But once I learnt not to walk against the wind, I was fine!

View from my apartment in the morning...

...And a few hours later!

The snow in central Paris itself is not that heavy, but I visited some friends who live a bit out of Paris where the snow was quite a bit more.

Heavier snowfall

I had a great time trudging through the thick snow!

Street view

I even got to make my first ever snowman with some help from a little friend. Can I just say, building a snowman is HARD WORK!! This one is really small but as soon as it snows heavily enough again, I shall be back at it!

My first snowman

I also made my first ever snow angel:

The picture looks like I was pushed out of a window but rest assured I wasn’t! Although, I wouldn’t put it past my roommate…

Snow covered park

The snow really blanketed everything and made for a picture perfect walk around town. Back in central Paris, Christmas decorations are everywhere – shop windows, apartment balconies, shopping malls etc.

Typical street decorations

Performances take place in a number of areas. The following picture is of a Santa parade at the Champs-Élysées, where a sleigh rode up and down above the Christmas market stalls at night.

Appearance by Santa

Paris, being the stylish place it is, has even remodelled Santa! Looking pretty good here I must say…

Suave Santa

In addition to decorations, celebrations and harmony, Christmas is of course the time for food! Besides the mulled wine, abundance of crepes and waffles and various other goodies, I found this edible snowman amongst other treats:

Marzipan snowman

Another cleverly constructed treat:

Chocolate Christmas tree

While walking around the area of the Eiffel Tower, I came across more Christmas markets, and even more exciting – an outdoor ice-skating rink! I’ve heard that there is one on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower during winter but I haven’t seen it yet. I’ll be sure to put up pics if I do visit it!

Outdoor ice rink

Right next to it was this:

Fake snow playground

As you can see, Paris is bustling with Christmas activity, made all the more complete with a coating of snow. While it looks good in the pictures, it really is a breathtaking sight when you see all of this in reality. I’ve kept this short as mentioned, but there will be more next time!

Wishing you all a happy Christmas, and safe holidays. Till next week!