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Trip Report Paris Glitters

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This the first time writing on this forum, but I read it almost daily.
So thank you to all of you that contribute. I have learned so much not to mention being on many fabulous journeys with you via your trip reports.
As we are reminded during the Christmas season it is good to give….
So now, in the spirit of giving back, I am officially signed on to Fodor’s and writing my trip report of my nearly 3 weeks in Paris last December.

Here goes….

I was hesitant to go in December as it is cold (I’m a bit of a cold wussy) and it gets dark early so I thought for some crazy reason that would limit my time enjoying Paris.

I was wrong on both thoughts. As long as you dress for it, the cold is no problem and dark just meant the lights were on which made Paris sparkle.

If anyone has any hesitation like I did- my advice is GO!

It was fantastic-Paris was all aglow. A very nostalgic feel of Christmas for me. I grew up in southern California and Paris in December reminded me of Hollywood and downtown LA in the 60s before the commercialism of malls and all the wake up at the crack of dawn non-stop sales promotions.

My travel companion was my sister (technically SIL, but we dropped the SIL long time ago). We have traveled together many times, taking our first trip together when we were 18 yrs old, some 37 years ago. We are simpatico in our travel ways. This was our 4th trip to Paris for each of us.

Upon arrival at CDG we decided to take the RER into Paris as we both were traveling light with one carryon bag and a tote. It was our first time to take the RER and it was super easy. When we emerged from the underground to a bright sunny brisk Paris the first thing we saw was the gold statues of Pont Alexander shining brightly against a blue sky.
WOW, what a beautiful welcome back to the city that has captured my heart.

We easily strolled with our luggage to our apt in the 7th on Rue St Dominique. We have never stayed in the 7th and absolutely loved it. The Eiffel Tower shown bright at the end of our street welcoming us home each night and with Christmas lights and decorations strung across our street it made for a very festive atmosphere for us two very blessed sisters to be in Paris in December.
It was nice being so close to rue Cler to get food and bring back to the apt. Down stairs from the apt we had our choice of 2 patisseries for our morning and sometimes evening delicious treats.

It was dark (and cold) in the mornings so we usually did not venture out until 10 or so after we had relaxing mornings of tea and pain chocolat and most mornings a nice breakfast or brunch to start the day.
There was a bus stop across the street from the apt and the metro stop La Tour Maubourg around the corner. We usually left the area by either bus or metro but found ourselves walking home most nights, across place Concord enjoying the Paris festive night all the way home.
Every day we started out with a plan, a grand agenda, most days we did at least one thing on that agenda and then let the day and evening unfold as Paris presented itself to us it all her splendor.

Well, except the first couple days, it was difficult finding that splendor.

After settling into the apt, we left with our shopping bags to rue Cler and the grocery store ½ block away from the apt. Back to the apt for a quick lunch, a bit warmer clothes and off to explore…

We find ourselves on Champs Elysees. It is buzzing with energy. The lights are spherical hoops of blue-kinda space age. It is overwhelming - a sea of humanity- probably not the best choice for our first outing- I blame it on jet leg-flying for 2 nights will mess with your thinking. First stop on agenda is the bathroom and macarons at Ladurees. As we approach we see a long, long line to get into the shop and a guard at the restaurant's entrance. We don’t like standing in long lines even if it is for those macarons, so ok, time to use my half French, half English and ask the guard about the restaurant -he understands me-miracle-and then rattles back in fluent French of course, and said - it is closed among other things I did not quite catch. So no macaroons, no bathroom. No matter, we are in PARIS, we can't be disappointed or grumpy.
Back in the flow of Champs Elysees we get pushed toward the Tuileries and the Christmas market. First impression of the Christmas market was it is like our local county fair. There are so many people it is hard to see the booths but what we do see is mostly food booths and everything from Christmas ornaments to Russian stackable dolls, mixed in with jewelry and the latest fantastic thing one might think they need.
But no matter, it is not the local county fair, we are in PARIS.

After a little while we head across the bridge back to our more peaceful neighborhood where a nightcap and a cozy bed await us.

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