Joy…Love…Peace & Paris!

Joy...Love...Peace
Wishing a very merry Christmas to all of you. Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you have a beautiful day full of joy, love and peace.
And make sure to find some mistletoe and kiss your Chéri(e) under it!

Happy holidays to all! #Paris #BonnesFetes #holidays #ChristmasInParis #christmas

Some images gleaned off of the web for your holiday enjoyment!

Joyeux Noël!

from My Luscious Life

This image is mine

From Miss Rose Sister Violet






Dreaming of a white sparkly Christmas…

Dreaming of a white sparkly Christmas...
It is one of the best times of the year. Paris gets decked out and we start dreaming of snow, and holiday cheer.I hope you are all planning something delightful……and may all our Christmases be bright. Continue reading

*Joyeux Noël*

For this lovely holiday season I leave you with a fabulous Christmas video by the equally as fabulous Lauren Cashwell!

Pour cette merveilleuse saison de fêtes je vous laisse avec un vidéo magnifique de la autant magnifique, Lauren Cashwell!

Merry Christmas to all!

Joyeux noël à tout le monde!

To market, to market… it’s Noël in Paris!

Post by Jenny Baily

Disneyland Paris Christmas by Jenni Louise

One of the defining features of Christmas in Paris is its many Christmas markets, also known
as “marchés de Noël”. There are many different markets happening throughout December, from
the family fun of EurodisneyParis, to the chic market of the Champs-Elyseés. As well as providing an opportunity to pick up
some charming Christmas gifts, these markets add a hearty dose of Christmas cheer to the French
capital.

Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The most popular Christmas market in central Paris is the one which stretches all the way from the
Place de la Concorde to the Champs-Elysées roundabout. With as many as 160 traditional chalets
lining this famous street, there is plenty to see. There’s even a huge Ferris wheel at the Place de la
Concorde. Sip mulled wine as you stroll along the Champs-Elysées, taking in the festive atmosphere
and incredible Christmas light displays.

La Défense
With 350 stands, this is one of the largest and most well-established Christmas markets in Paris.
Located among the high-rise buildings of the business district, this is an impressive market and
worth taking the time to visit. The numerous stalls sell everything you would expect from a
traditional Christmas market, from refreshments to gifts, and there is even an ice skating rink to
keep visitors feeling festive.

Disneyland Paris
Even if you’re planning Disneyland Paris holidays with the family, you needn’t miss out on the
traditional Christmas market experience. Every year the Disney Village is transformed into a
Christmas wonderland, complete with wooden chalets and festive stalls selling everything from
toys to seasonal refreshments. The entire park celebrates Christmas throughout November
and December, and there are even daily snow showers to help create an authentic Christmas
atmosphere.

Place des Abbesses
In the heart of the very pretty Montmartre district, the Places des Abbesses features a small but
perfectly formed Christmas market in December, selling a range of local wares from handmade
jewellery to French sweets. Montmartre is a wonderful part of the city to explore on foot, and if you
can’t find what you want from the market there are plenty of charming local boutiques in the area.

Montparnasse Tower
The Montparnasse Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Europe, and while it’s not the most beautiful
building in Paris, tourists can make the most of its height and enjoy incredible views from the 56th
floor. During winter there’s another good reason to visit – the Christmas market across the street
which specialises in regional French delicacies. This is a great place to pick up some French cheeses
and festive pastries.

Joyeux noël everyone!

Christmas dinner – Paris style

The fat content was high, the calories NOT low, but the taste and the enjoyment were divine!

Christmas dinner in Paris :

We started with foi gras… a delicacy made from the over-saturated liver of a goose (or a duck) that is cut onto toasts and garnish with onion, fig or other savory jams. We had a white wine jelly and an onion confit to go with it. Accompanied with a white wine that is doux (sweet).

Then comes the pièce de résistance, the dinde (turkey). Oven roasted and basted in butter (margarine for lactose issues) for 3 hours in which the house smells so good you could eat your own arm and not feel it. Stuffed to the brim with a veal stuffing complete with parsley, shallots, chicken livers, cognac and chestnuts… go ahead and drool. We sewed up both ends so the stuffing would not escape, nor the flavor.

And to go along with the scrumptious turkey and mouth-watering stuffing, there were stewed prunes and roasted chestnuts. The stewed prunes seep overnight in earl grey tea, and then are stewed in a pot with butter, salt and pepper…Mmmm! The chestnuts get a little gravy from the roasted turkey over them after they have simmered in a pot for a few hours. So, so delicious.

The dinner accompanied with a red wine with bold flavor in order to contend with all of the tastes on the table…

And then, if you are not full enough… there is dessert! Dessert was an ice-cream yule log (and for me a chocolate sorbet!) Plus some of my homemade macarons: raspberry-lychee, thank you very much!

Bellies taught and happy we sipped a little espresso for digestion and were grateful for all of our blessings. I hope your Noël was as delicious and that your new year will bring many wonderful things your way.

Bonnes fêtes à tout le monde!