Sunday, 12 December 2010

Paris: A Christmassy City of Lights

Paris is most commonly referred to as the city of lights. For us Christians, we celebrate the birth of the LIGHT OF THE WORLD each Christmas. I wonder if this is the reason that the Christmas season has been turned into a festival of lights. For a Catholic country like France, in the city of Paris, putting up more lights this season is a big part of the Christmas holiday ambiance.

All aglow as night time falls, walking in freezing temperatures around this city becomes a deLIGHTful time as Christmas lights twinkle and brighten trees, the sidewalk, the streets, shop windows, hotel facades, and restaurant roof tops. Here are some of my favorites as I walked from l'avenue de Champs Elysees to the Notre Dame de Paris:
Avenue de Champs Elysees

The Ferris Wheel at Place dela Concorde

Place Vendome, where the Ritz Hotel is located, from which Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed had driven off from, before the fateful car crash.

On rue Saint-Honoré corner rue Royale

Courtyard at the Westin Hotel, rue Castiglione

Hotel Meurice on rue de Rivoli, behind the Jardin deTuilerie

Hotel de Louvre on rue de Rivoli, right behind the Musee de Louvre

Mac Donald's on rue de Rivoli

Etam and Sephora store facades on rue de Rivoli

BHV department store on rue de Rivoli

Hotel de Ville (city hall) on rue de Rivoli

The parvis of Notre Dame de Paris

May your Christmas celebration be joyously filled with the Light of the World.


  1. Seeing Paris by night, thru your lens, lit up my heart!

  2. And you did it in the comfort of your warm home, Van!

  3. It was cold but well worth it to see all of the beautiful decorations on display in the city! It was also a lot of walking that allowed us to be able to eat lots of desserts! YUM Paris is a feast for the eyes and the tummy!

  4. you are so blessed to be living in such a magnificent city, with so much history, so much beauty, so much artistry, etc, etc. thanks for sharing.

  5. So awesome! Makes me miss Paris so much. The city is truly magical during this time of year! Trish, I'm super jealous you're getting to experience this in person!!
    - Albert

  6. You have such a wonderful blogspot. Hope this comment finally works! -- JG Kyne

  7. Thanks for "walking" with us...we took more pictures last night, along the short commercialize part of the Champs Elysees.

  8. I have never been to Paris this time of year. It is a treat to see familiar and not so familiar places on your walks. Thanks for sharing.JMVDD



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