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Kerouac takes a look at Christmas in Paris

Kerouac takes a look at Christmas in Paris

Old Dec 1st, 2009, 10:42 PM
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Kerouac takes a look at Christmas in Paris

Even for locals, it's hard not to take a few pictures of the Christmas decorations in Paris. I have barely scratched the surface, but here are a few photos that I have compiled for the time being: http://tinyurl.com/ydq4vvz
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Wonderful shots! Except for the impaled bird
Thank you!!
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Beautiful!
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Spending Christmas in the city or lights is definitely a cherry on top of your year... However, if you're aiming for quiet, peaceful, solemn yer romantic Christmas with your family, loved ones or friends, I could simply suggest Sardinia as the best place to spend the holidays with.

Been there... done that! PROMISE, it's life changing!
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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 03:36 AM
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You made my day Kerouac with those stunningly beautiful photos!
I love Singapore at Christmas, but now I think I must come to Paris!
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Thanks so much for these great photos. Wish I could get up there this holiday season but not in the cards. When I get back from the States we are going into Toulouse old town to do some shopping and eating--maybe Paris next year.
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Great pictures Kerouac...thank you...

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kerouac, I will be there at the end of next week and am looking forward to the Chirstmas markets. Just wondering if there are any French specialties, both in gifts and foods that I would want to check out. I took my mother to Germany and Austria about 5 years ago and we had to sort of weed out the "made in China" items, although those made suitable gifts for my little ones who don't necessarily need or want authenticity.

8 days and counting.
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I want to FREAKING GO!!!!!!!
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I'll drink the mulled wine, yours and mine!!! Thanks for bringing Paris Christmas to San Francisco.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 08:45 AM
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Thank you for another stunning photo essay of my favorite city. Someday I would like to be there at Christmas time, it looks so inviting.

Bonnes Fetes de Noel!
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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 08:49 AM
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Just wondering if there are any French specialties, both in gifts and foods that I would want to check out.

I think you would recognize the food specialties. As for Christmas type non-edible items, the most famous typically French ones are the "santons de Provence" which are plaster of Paris hand painted figurines, depicting peasants in traditional garb, farm animals, etc. They are generally placed around the Christmas creche to populate the scene. However, I would not be the least bit surprised to discover that most of them are made in China now.
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What great photos and videos! When do they take their decorations down? Am hoping they might still be up when we arrive after New Years.
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Last year the Champs Elysées illuminations remained in place until the end of the January sales period. As for the department stores, it all disappears mysteriously as of January 2nd. Most of the illuminated streets will remain illuminated until at least Epiphany (whenever that is!).
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Well, maybe I'll catch a bit at least. I googled Epiphany and its Jan 6. Thanks!
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Thank you, kerouac!! We leave on Friday for a week's stay. We've made many trips to Paris but never in December....looking forward to the holiday lights but not the forecasted rain!!
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Thanks for posting these pictures Kerouac, they are lovely. I visited Paris for the first time in May and was hoping to visit again this Christmas. Unfortunately, my plans have not worked out, but seeing these great pics makes me more determined to get back there. There is just something so special about Paris. Keep them coming!!
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kerouac, Are The allowed to photogragh the inside displays?

The santons , hand made are very expensive. I paid $35 for a tiny nail size one.

Marron glace(suger cooked chestnuts) are a treat as are, callissons(sp)(almond paste diamond shaped)
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I really enjoyed these photos--and the little videos. Many thanks!
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Loved the photos; wish I were there!
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