Christmas eve in Paris

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Although it would have been nice to have a white Christmas in Paris, I was actually glad that it was unseasonally warm during our time there. The air was a crisp 50 degrees, cold enough to get you in the holiday spirit, but didn’t give us a miserable feeling of being frozen.

I wanted my nieces to get a different Parisan experience from what they had when they backpacked through a couple of months ago, so we planned to take tea and macarons at Laduree and have a very French dinner. Here’s the thing, though: Ahnya was helping me call around to restaurants from a list that many of you thoughtfully emailed, Facebooked, and tweeted, and they were either closed for the holidays or booked solid. This isn’t to say you can’t get a meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; you can go to almost any cafe in the city and have a decent, casual meal. At the other end of the spectrum, the hotel restaurants are open, but many are expensive. We found a few that were about $200 per person for special occasion dinners. Here’s how our day went:

Changs take Paris

This is rue Rambuteau from my street, rue Quincampoix. I started the day rolling out of bed and going to one of the creperies.

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These are just highlights of the day. If you want to see the rest of my photos, click here.

6 comments
KevinSOshiro
KevinSOshiro

the City of Lights/Love, cuisine (frog legs and fine wine), beaches (St. Tropez), art (Picasso/the Louvre), and of course, fashion.

KevinSOshiro
KevinSOshiro

I think that the Twilight Breaking Dawn, part 2, movie was filmed in France..

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Wwhhaattt?  Paper place mats in Paris!?? That is so American!  I always used to tease my French friends about how badly the "Last King of France" (de Gaulle) thought of Americans.  Even to the point of kicking out the American Military in the 50s.  I thought we saved their saucisson in WWII?  The Parisians were not very tolerant of the US but out in the countryside it was much better.  You must eat like a ramasse miette to have such a clean table? So how was the wine?

 

Glad you took some nice pix.  I know I would have missed over half of them if I were there.  I would be constantly looking down to avoid dog poop!

jlieu
jlieu

OMG..... I WANT TO GO!!!!! I love all the pics and the girls looked like they had a blast! It is surprisingly clean (I hear they do not clean up after their pets) so this is now on my bucket list!!! :D

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave I think the French get exasperated by the "ugly Americans" as we do — those who aren't very culturally sensitive, nor have the interest to do so. Whenever I've gone to Paris with those kinds of friends, the French aren't very nice to them, but I've never had a problem with rudeness. On one trip (this was in 2003, I think, after we invaded Iraq), a French guy came up to us in a brasserie and said, "Are you American? I can tell by your accents. I want to say thank you. (In reference to Iraq) It's a dirty job, and someone has to clean it up."

 

The wine was OK! Nothing super fab, but it was good. 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @jlieu well, there is dog poop, but just keep your eyes open and it isn't a problem. Glad you like the photos!