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kerouac Nov 29th, 2020 03:28 AM

Paris Christmas windows 2020
Okay, here is the annual video of the Christmas windows.

The complete report is here -- but it's not complete yet because I have not seen the Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree yet:

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Dee_Dee Nov 29th, 2020 05:41 AM

Kerouac, thank you so much! Each time you've posted the last five years has been a prelude for my arrival to see the windows in person. Sadly of course, I won't be in Paris this holiday season. Your video has brought a smile to my face and great anticipation for a return in 2021.

JulieVikmanis Nov 29th, 2020 06:09 AM

Thanks Kerouac. Always delightful. Especially this year. We can use all the brightness we can get.

kerouac Nov 29th, 2020 06:17 AM

The deparment stores have been standing in stoic silence since they were closed at the end of October (after being closed for two months in the spring). They only reopened yesterday, which was also the first day that I was authorized to go that far to see them (we were restricted to just one kilometer and one hour of wandering for futile reasons until then). The windows themselves were inaugurated about a week ago. I suppose that only workers in the area and the homeless had exclusive viewing rights until then..

gomiki Nov 29th, 2020 07:45 AM

Thank you! I haven't viewed it yet but so glad you posted. I so miss seeing the windows. Great timing to see them. Were many people there?

Paqngo Nov 29th, 2020 07:55 AM

What a great way to start my day. I also set the link to my 3 y/o grandson for him to enjoy. Thank you for posting 🎄

annhig Nov 29th, 2020 10:12 AM

Thanks for giving us our annual treat, Kerouac, especially as it's probably the closest I'll get to any shop windows this year.

Treesa Nov 29th, 2020 10:34 AM

Thank you, Kerouac, here's another sheltered-in-place window shopper who enjoys your annual Parisian fix.

Traviata Nov 29th, 2020 12:52 PM

Thank you so much...this would have been the tenth year to see them, but, alas, has become the first one to miss them. Now you have brought them to us in all their beauty. A wonderful Christmas gift!!!

Macross Nov 29th, 2020 02:19 PM

Thank you so much.

YankyGal Nov 29th, 2020 04:01 PM

Thanks so much kerouac - totally needed this tonight.

northie Nov 29th, 2020 10:08 PM

thnak you -superb

geetika Nov 30th, 2020 08:36 AM

Thanks a ton kerouac, this cheered me up no end! Take care all and let’s look forward to better times in the new year...😊

kerouac Nov 30th, 2020 09:02 AM

Thanks for everybody's kind comments. I will try to get to the Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree this week. I might even make it to the Bon Marché windows.

Slw Dec 1st, 2020 08:42 AM

This is a great video, thanks Kerouac!

Coquelicot Dec 1st, 2020 10:24 AM

kerouac, I've never visited Bon Marché, so I hope you do get there to see their display. I have an interest because Bon Marché's founder comes from the part of France we visit most often, and because I read Zola's novel Ladies' paradise based on this department store.

TPAYT Dec 1st, 2020 10:38 AM

Our thanks to you also. You have a good eye and present the joy of the season beautifully.
We are looking forward to your view of the tree at Galeries Lafayette. It’s always so stunning

Last year we were there a week too early and itge tree wasn’t up yet. Oh to be in Paris at Christmas!

Pepper_von_snoot Dec 1st, 2020 03:01 PM

How I long to ride the escalator at Galeries Lafayette. 🌳

Thank you for your photos.

Thin,aristocrat 🎁

RobertaL Dec 1st, 2020 06:16 PM

So happy to see this! Missing Paris more than ever.


kerouac Dec 3rd, 2020 10:05 PM

Treesa Dec 3rd, 2020 10:58 PM

Kerouac, I'm not celebrating X-mas this year so I'll print your photos and put them on my refrigerator. That'll cheer me up a bit. Thank you.

YankyGal Dec 4th, 2020 01:52 AM

Gorgeous! So colorful this year. Thanks, k.

Traviata Dec 4th, 2020 03:32 AM

Is it my imagination or is it more beautiful than ever????

tracilee Dec 4th, 2020 08:47 PM

I agree with Traviata, it all looks better than ever! I’ve only been at Christmas time once, in 2016, and while we loved everything we saw even my husband said “wow!” when I just showed him the GL tree photo. Thanks, Kerouac, your photos are fabulous!

mms Dec 5th, 2020 05:06 AM

Thank you so much! I always enjoy your video's, but like everyone else, this year it is especially nice to see.

kerouac Dec 5th, 2020 07:24 AM

I will freely admit that it is a major consolation that the department stores have continued their tradition as though everything is normal in the world. Obviously, Galeries Lafayette was not as crowded as usual when I walked through it yesterday, and most of the entrances are closed since they need to count how many people are going in and out, but visually it remains spectacular.

annhig Dec 5th, 2020 11:25 AM

Those photos of the Galleries Lafayettes are spectacular, Kerouac.

Thanks for being our official Paris photographer.

janisj Dec 5th, 2020 04:26 PM

So many of us will be celebrating Christmas this year through your reports and gorgeous photographs. Thanks so much

cheska15 Dec 7th, 2020 01:24 AM

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

geetika Dec 7th, 2020 02:58 AM

Originally Posted by cheska15 (Post 17187586)
Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

Indeed, this will be our own special window into the Xmas festivities in Paris, the only one for so many of us! Thanks again kerouac 😊

Macross Dec 7th, 2020 09:33 AM

I just could not walk out on the overhang. There was a long line anyway but thanks for doing it for us.

kerouac Dec 7th, 2020 09:37 AM

The waiting time is never more than about 10 minutes.

I have a vague project of visiting the Champs Elysées, but since I already saw this "red" version last year, if I miss it, it won't be a tragedy.

Macross Dec 8th, 2020 06:12 AM

Maybe this year it isn't long but there were many selfie-takers 2 years ago with long poles. I think they were all trying for that perfect shot of themselves. But, they also buy a lot from the high end stores and I am sure the GL misses their money.

kerouac Dec 8th, 2020 08:02 AM

I would classify the abusers I saw this year (perhaps unfairly) as "Instagram girls". They needed photos with masks and then without masks in various configurations since there was always the person taking the photo missing from the group. (They didn't dare ask anybody else and that was probably a wise move if they didn't want to be tossed over the side.) The platform attendant made it very clear that their time had expired, and they finally obeyed him.

kirabess0062 Dec 9th, 2020 01:51 PM

Thanks a lot! I should say, this Christmas tree is amazing!

raincitygirl Dec 9th, 2020 05:13 PM

Beautiful, thank you so much for spreading the cheer!

barbrn Dec 11th, 2020 12:59 PM

Thank you so much for this. That tree is spectacular.

ldatt22 Dec 14th, 2020 10:42 AM

Cool display.

kerouac Dec 14th, 2020 10:50 AM

I might take a few photos tomorrow when I go out to celebrate our next session that does not require documentation. I am no longer naive enough to think that lockdown will not happen again, though. But since I will be going out during the day, I doubt that I will encounter any "Christmas magic."

Bokhara2 Dec 25th, 2020 08:25 PM

Thank you so much, Kerouac. Your photos are utterly charming.
Hearty Seasons Greetings and all the very best for a much improved New Year!

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