rose colored glasses

photo by: a50lbwardrobe

Ok, so maybe I found them. I have let myself indulge in this city.  Instead of my study break treat of vending machine Mike-n-Ikes,  I just pop down to a Pierre Hermé boutique for a macarons or wake up Monday morning and get the world’s best hot chocolate at Angelina’s with a friend!  I’m taking advantage of all the things that Paris has to offer because , if I don’t , it would just be like living in Kansas or Clermont-Ferrand.

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Bûche de Noël                                                                               

The French traditional Christmas cake…much better than the American fruit cake!  Meaning yule log, these cakes represent the large log families would burn in their hearth during Christmas festivities in the early 1700s.  Traditionally Bûche de Noëls are made with yellow cake with chocolate frosting however;  like everything, if it’s a success they’ll make spin-offs.  This Christmas, the Bûche de Noël comes in many different flavors and decorations (as shown in the pictures).   

Bon appétit! 

Bûche de Noël

photo by: a50lbwardrobe

The French traditional Christmas cake…much better than the American fruit cake!  Meaning yule log, these cakes represent the large log families would burn in their hearth during Christmas festivities in the early 1700s.  Traditionally Bûche de Noëls are made with yellow cake with chocolate frosting however;  like everything, if it’s a success they’ll make spin-offs.  This Christmas, the Bûche de Noël comes in many different flavors and decorations (as shown in the pictures).

Bon appétit!

Joyeux Noël  

Christmas is the best time of the year. No matter how my year went, the Christmas season is the best anti-depressant drug! I have a theory that  the French start decorating so early to avoid the bleak early winter (the sun sets around 4PM).  They start decorating mid-November to keep their spirits high. And since they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s totally acceptable seeing sugar plum fairies and nutcrackers out before my birthday (November 12).  

Joyeux Noël

photo by: a50lbwardrobe  

Christmas is the best time of the year. No matter how my year went, the Christmas season is the best anti-depressant drug! I have a theory that  the French start decorating so early to avoid the bleak early winter (the sun sets around 4PM).  They start decorating mid-November to keep their spirits high. And since they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s totally acceptable seeing sugar plum fairies and nutcrackers out before my birthday (November 12).

Vin Chaud

photo by: a50lbwardrobeEach country has their own take on this, mulled wine (anglophones), glühwein (Germanic) and glögg (Scandinavian).

Why its a fun drink:Its totally acceptable to drink vin chaud out on the street (where its commonly sold) and before noon. It’s a perfect drink to warm you up on these chilly winter days!  For most Europeans their first cup of vin chaud marks the Christmas season.  

cin-cin!

Christmas is coming!

photo by: a50lbwardrobeChristmas in Paris is so cherry, bright and crowded! However, its impossible on the weekends to go anywhere so many people doing their holiday shopping! Ahhh!  Parisians: avoid the 8e on Saturdays if you know what’s good for you! Although, its fun to be in the mayhem…for now!

C’est Noël

There was already snow earlier this month! With the beginning of winter, means Christmas. And nobody does Christmas like France. So of course, the capital goes all out. Each quarter has their own Marché de Noël, the metro musicians are playing Christmas carols, the cafés and boulangeries are all tinseled out and the lights…oh the lights! 

C’est Noël

photo by: a50lbwardrobe

There was already snow earlier this month! With the beginning of winter, means Christmas. And nobody does Christmas like France. So of course, the capital goes all out. Each quarter has their own Marché de Noël, the metro musicians are playing Christmas carols, the cafés and boulangeries are all tinseled out and the lights…oh the lights!

Lèche-vitrine

photo by: a50lbwardrobe

Window displays are a truly an art form here. The Parisians go all out on their department store decorations. Talented and celebrated artists like Christian Dior, Marjane Satrapi, and Alexis Mabille have the honor of decorating the major department stores here.  Shopping at Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, BHV, or my favorite, Le Bon Marche is like going to an art museum: full of beauty and Japanese tourists.

This is the window display for Le Bon Marché Christmas 2012 “C’est Noël Rive Gauche”