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.