Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas Shopping in Paris, or NOT.

Christmas shopping in Paris is ridiculous fun, one feels privileged to be able to cross items off your list in a city….

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Shopping in Paris: Christmas for Everyone

If you’re playing Père Noël, shopping in Paris can be a pleasure. Here’s my list of presents perfect for those you love. The city of Paris has just launched its very own online boutique. Among its 250 products are […]

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Paris Restaurants: Christmas Meals

Christmas in Paris is a spectacular time to truly see the City of Light shine. While beautiful white lights line the streets and frame the store windows, many Paris restaurants close on and around the major […]

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The Grand Palais from the Ferris wheel in Paris

The Legend: One of the Dreamier Hotels in Paris

Shiny and modern, the Legend is a really lovely hotel in Paris, so I was happy to call it my home for a few sparkly Christmas days in the City of Light. I was greeted by an elegant and enchanting decor featuring clever owl lamps, artful tree branches, minilights and friendly front desk staff who appeased me by letting me practice my French skills.

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Shopping in Paris: A Made-in-France Christmas

The Christmas spirit comes early to Paris and is marked by the arrival of vin chaud and roasted chestnuts in the streets and corner cafés. Strands of lights decorating the city’s avenues add to the festive feeling and inspire one to embrace the holiday season. Christmas is a great excuse to do some shopping in Paris. The avid Francophile will be happy to find a handful of Paris boutiques that specialize in products of French origin that make great souvenirs and gifts for family and friends.

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Purely Paris: Gifts for a Girly Christmas

Come Noël, finding Paris gifts becomes a seasonal sport. The hard part is choosing between all the ideas on offer. This year, there is a deluge of girly delights. Not to say it isn’t enjoyable shopping for your man.

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The seasonal Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde

Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Paris

Paris is a place with a mythical, magical quality. Every day of the year can be special, but the City of Light really lives up…

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La Fermette for cheese in Paris

Uniquely French Gifts

Finding charming French gifts for a local French host or for overseas family and friends can be a challenge. To ease the angst of gift shopping in Paris, I’ve scoured the city, taken advantage of free samples, dropped some cash, and, most important, taken note whenever hearing a French person enthuse about something. (Spoiler alert: that something is usually either chocolaty or smelly.) Anything edible and described as hallucinant (mind blowing, or what appears to be “hallucination inducing”) is a must-have.

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Le Grand Palais des Glaces

Ice-Skating in Paris

Le Grand Palais is a magical palace in Paris. Built to show off the country’s industrial prowess for the 1900 World Fair, this glass-and-steel marvel…

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Lights, Camera, Christmas! Take Your Own Paris Walking Tour of the City’s Christmas Lights

The City of Light really lives up to its name during the holidays, when many streets are illuminated with sparkling colors and

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Paris Christmas: One-Stop Shopping

Paris Christmas shopping can be complicated. It’s crowded, the shops are hot and everything takes a little longer. You’ve probably already struggled to see all the sights and now you have to get the loved ones something special. Except, before you know it, no time is left.

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Christmas: Your Perfect Paris Presents

Noel warms the spirits with vin chaud, delights the eye with wonderful windows and brings dazzling lights. It’s hard to resist a holiday prowl for perfect Paris presents. However, merchants export much of what you see. So is it impossible to find something unique? Absolutely not! Here are my only-in-Paris picks.

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Paris Gifts for the Holidays

The holidays require some serious Paris shopping, whether you are here for vacation or because this is home. That’s gift shopping, of course: small, easy-to-pack mementos for those who couldn’t be here to stroll through the Champs Elysées Christmas market, inhaling the intoxicating aroma of spiced wine; ice-skate in the golden lights of the Hôtel de Ville; or savor a scrumptous bûche—alright, enough with the torture. To bring a bit of Paris to those at home, there are some great, very light (to pack or mail) and affordable Paris shopping choices that go beyond the obvious.

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Christmas Shopping in Paris

You’re in Paris for Christmas! Now . . . where to shop? Forget Les Halles: too crowded. Oubliez Champs Elysées: too touristy. Here are 10 places to get your credit card warmed up. Happy shopping!

Though some of my friends think it’s too close to the Halles experience, I like to grab a buddy and get my shopping done on rue de Rivoli. There are tons of great shops and plenty of cafés in the neighborhood if you need to take a breather.

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Scrooge’s Guide to Christmas in Paris: Part I

I’m one of those holiday nuts. December 26 begins a countdown to my very FAVORITE time of year! I break out the decorations and CDs way too early. I shop year-round for gifts. Though I’m ashamed to admit it, I actually own a pair of tacky reindeer horns. Bref, I go off the holiday deep end. I have so many wonderful memories with my family that it’s a time of year I really cherish.

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