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    Christmas in Paris

    by gwened Updated Nov 25, 2013

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    its a local custom to celebrate Christmas, with the best decoration,and ambiance in Europe. The cityof Paris becomes even bigger, and the excitement of been part of it its inmense.

    I was there just for the beginning of the Christmas market, and lighting will be by Nov 23rd. The thrills of been in Paris at Christmas time.
    http://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris

    Enjoy, it will last a lifetime. The city of Paris link for all the Christmas markets
    http://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris/file-christmas-markets/christmas-markets

    update dec 2013
    for those who are coming and using the public transport, bear in mind the transport will be free this year from 17h (5pm) dec 31st to 12h (12am) Jan 1 2014. For all info on travel during the Christmas to New Year period look at this RATP
    http://www.mestransportslanuitdu31.com/

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    Christmas in Paris - 3 Places to celebrate

    by Parisforless Written Dec 9, 2012

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    Family Christmas Mass 24 Dec 7pm - This traditional Family Christmas Mass is held at the oldest church in Paris, the Eglise Saint Germain des Prés.
    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass - Celebrate a full and traditional French catholic mass at the Eglise de la Madeleine, built in the 18th century, during the holiday season.
    Mystery of Christmas - The Nativity story is recreated on the steps of the ancient Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris every half-hour during December and January.

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    New Year Celebration in Paris

    by Parisforless Written Nov 25, 2012

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    Eiffel Tower New Year Celebration

    In Paris, as in the rest of France, the New Year, or "St. Sylvestre", starts January 1st and ends February 1st. French people start wishing each other cheerful Bonne Annees and exchanging bises (small kisses on each cheek) at the stroke of midnight January 1st.
    Contrary to popular belief, there is no "rule" on how to dress for a major event like New Year's Eve in Paris, and while the city counts a greater-than-average number of impeccably-dressed fashionistas, plenty of others hit the town in jeans and warm sweaters to enjoy the New Year. Do make sure you follow any dress codes for individual restaurants, New Year's parties, or other events, though-- it's not unusual for higher-end venues to apply stringent dress codes against sneakers, jeans, or t-shirts at the door.
    Major Spots to Celebrate: The Champs-Elysees is the place to head if you want to be at the center of the party, starting at around 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
    The Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza in Montmartre is another favorite, and significantly calmer, place to bid farewell to the current year. Assuming the skies are relatively clear, the top of the hill offer spectacular views of the entire Paris skyline and there are plenty of bars, cabarets, and clubs to explore in Montmartre and nearby Pigalle.
    OK - There is always an Eiffel Tower to celebrate the magical New Year!
    Parisforless wishes you a Happy New Year!

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    Côtes de Duras festival

    by kris-t Updated Feb 18, 2011

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    Côtes de Duras - name for red and white wines in South West France.

    "Wine from the area around Duras have been famous since the time of the French monarch, Francis I. After the Edict of Nantes had been revoked and local French Protestants had moved to the Low Countries, wine exports to ports around the North Sea suddenly expanded.

    Later this area became part of the Haut Pays Bordelais or upper Bordeaux wine country, and its exports were handled by merchants based in the Chartrons district of the city of Bordeaux, just like the wines produced closer to the city of Bordeaux itself. This was a golden age, which ended when use of the Bordeaux appellation was restricted to wines from the Gironde department in the 1930s."

    We've seen the Côtes de Duras wine teasting - a great opportunity to discover a wine heritage - on the Siene bank in front of Notre Dame.

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    Holiday wich is always with you

    by kris-t Updated Jan 15, 2011

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    For only EU 2.50 you could be back to childhood for a moment...

    This French old-fashioned style carousel (or roundabout, or flying horses) with traditional animal mounts, barley twist poles and fairy lights situated near Palais de Chaillot ...

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    I love being here during the month of August

    by cochinjew Written Aug 10, 2009
    bakeries are closed, pharmacies are closed

    But let me tell you, there are normally five bakeries open near the house, this morning had to walk a km to another suburb nearly to get a baguette. no point in looking for a pharmacy, most of the pharmacies are also closed. there is a blissful quietness in Paris.. and it is divine..

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    During the month of August

    by cochinjew Written Aug 10, 2009

    You dont have to pay to park your car in the street. Normally it would say Payant and you go to a machine and pay your euros and get a print out and display it on your dashboard.. but not during the month of august.. I am sure the inspectors are having holiday as welll.. Love this country for looking after its workers..

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    First of May: also day of Lily of the Valley

    by kokoryko Updated May 3, 2009

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    In Paris (and elsewhere in France), first of May is a public holiday, and that day, many people spend a part of it in the streets. Some go to the traditional 1st of May demonstration, organised by the trade unions and left political parties, other spend it selling and purchasing lily of the valley.
    Offering a sprig of lily of the valley on the first of May is supposed to offer happiness, and this old tradition of offering these white bell shaped flowers dates back to 1561 when French King Charles IX established the tradition to offer lilies of the valley to the ladies of the court (website).
    It is a bit strange to see this flower linked to the first of may nowadays, day of the strikes in USA, in 1886, leading to the recognition of a worker’s day, on first of may.
    The Paris demonstrations do not go without lilies of the valley, the workers began that tradition in 1907, and they had a red triangle associated with the lily, a triangle symbolising the division of the day in three parts of 8 hours, of which, one part was dedicated to work! (Yes, in 1907, it was asked to work 8 hours a day, the French red established this in 1936, whilst the worker’s paradise, far east was far from that!).
    Today, if you visit Paris on a first of May, you will see hundreds of street vendors proposing you a little bit of happiness; a French tradition.
    I find these littles flowers rather expensive; after four in the afternoon, the prices begin to lower. . . ..But the real thing is to have them in the morning:))
    I took the photographs on May 1st 2009, in the eastern area of Paris.

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    Christmas Markets in December

    by Herkbert Written Mar 1, 2009

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    When traveling to Paris during December, be sure to check out the Christmas markets. These are little shops set up which sell a variety of items such as gifts, crafts, candy, pastries, hot wine, and food items. In Paris, there were markets set up along the Champs Elysee, near the Eiffel Tower and another near St Sulpice Church.

    While I can't speak for everything, the Vin chaud (hot wine) and crepes were delicious.

    There are also a number of carousels and other items for children set up along the way. Be sure to take a walk through the markets, it will definitely put you in the spirit.

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    Ah It is August in Paris

    by cochinjew Written Jul 28, 2008

    I will be spending lots of days in July, August and September 2008 in Paris. Today 28 july, it is almost like a ghost time, plenty of parking every where and the palce has an eery feeling to it. i have never seen anything like this, when a large proportion of people leave town. where i stay in paris, normally there are four bakeries where i buy fresh baguettes every day, two of them are already closed for one month, and the other will close tomorro for one month, there is a notice on the door Bonne vacances.. They take Vacances very seriously here.
    wanted to get a bottle of wine, no, the wine shop is closed, my favourite fromager is off to the shore.. you adjust to a new pace of life in Paris this month. At the airport, there is a calm, no rushing about and no big lines..
    I am enjoying this solitude..

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    Bûche de Noel

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    The traditional Christmas dessert in France is the Bûche de Noël, a light creamy sponge roll, rather heavy on the cream! There are small ones and large ones, and they come in every flavour of cakes : chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut, Grand Marnier (orange taste), Cointreau (lemony peppermint)….

    Actually it makes more sense than the British Christmas pudding which one is nearly always too full to appreciate.

    "Bûche" means "log" and mainly they are decorated as logs, with perhaps a tiny axe stuck in them and a meringue mushroom and a few flowers in sugar. The larger ones sometimes look like an old style railway engine. But they are all delicious – bon appetite!!!

    This photo is of the individual bûche, there are some photos inside of larger ones!

    lulu

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    Through the year - skating at the Hotel de Ville

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    During the winter months, December to the end of February, the Place de l'Hotel de Ville is transformed into a skating rink. Entrance to the rink is free, skates are available for hire for 6 euros.

    There is a smaller area reserved for beginners of all ages, and even a toboggan run, reserved for children and the occasional parent!

    All this is very popular, especially in the evenings, and neighbouring coffee shops do a roaring trade as do the booths selling hot snacks.

    lulu

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    Through the year - Christmas

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jan 31, 2006

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    At Christmas the Boulevard Haussmann alongside the large department shops is always decorated, and the shop windows of the Galeries Lafayette are a major attraction. There is nearly always a series of puppet shows here, with dolls and mannequins moving to the sound of music, or often conversation...

    Lulu

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    Paris Celebrations

    by aliante1981 Written Jul 20, 2005
    Fireworks postcard

    Paris certainly knows how to celebrate! Whether it's countdown to the new millenium next to the Eiffel Tower, or a party for the national football team winning European and World Championships.

    The picture to the left is a postcard of some fireworks in Paris - pure French style:))

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    Exposition Nicolas de Staël

    by Klod5 Written May 1, 2003
    Exhibition Nicolas of Sta��l

    L'exposition consacrée à Nicolas de Staël rassemble près de 220 oeuvres majeures, dont 135 peintures, 80 dessins ainsi qu'une sélection de livres illustrés, de gravures et de documents inédits, provenant de collections publiques et privées ainsi que de la collection du Centre Pompidou.

    The exhibition dedicated to Nicolas of Staël gathers close to 220 major works, of which 135 paintings, 80 drawings as well as a selection of illustrated books, engravings and unpublished documents, coming from public and private collections as well as the collection of the Center Pompidou.

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