Christmas in Paris … And Christmas Markets … Moveable Feasts …

  The most beautiful city in the world – Paree – is even more beautiful at Christmas. And it’s still 1 month and 4 days from the big day, but there is already a feeling of cheer here. I think we are all pretending that there is no economic crisis in the world … and […]

Christmas Market - Champs-Elysees - 2011/2012

 

The most beautiful city in the world – Paree – is even more beautiful at Christmas. And it’s still 1 month and 4 days from the big day, but there is already a feeling of cheer here. I think we are all pretending that there is no economic crisis in the world … and life’s all about beautiful things.

Paris has several Christmas markets and the largest and best one – the one along Avenue des Champs-Elysées opened on Saturday (Dec 19). It will remain open until January 3, 2012.

The chalets – there are 160 – start at Place de la Concorde and continue on both sides of the avenue up to the Rond Point.

This is this market’s fourth year and as always you will be able to feast your eyes (and buy) Russian icons and ornaments and fridge magnets and chapkas and scarves and gloves and amber jewelry, or Peruvian hand-knitted bonnets and jerseys, and wooden ornaments from Savoy (Savoie), and candles from Jerusalem, and chocolates, and fudge and cheese and dried sausages for which a great many variety of our four-legged friends have been slaughtered (donkey for example, or duck, or deer and of course quite a few pigs too).

And then there are the food stalls where you can buy for example barbecued salmon on baguette bread – delicious!) sauerkraut, waffles, roasted chestnuts, grilled pork sausages, French fries, hamburgers, hotdogs, barbe a papa (candy floss) toffee apples, foie gras sandwiches etc. And know that you can trust the food stuffs because inspectors do check daily so ensure that if you are going to pay a small fortune for a foie gras sandwich you are not going to eat cheap donkey liver paste. I am not joking, last year some traders were closed down because that was exactly what they were doing.

What I saw this year but which I’ve not seen on other years and which I loved were ornaments made from the ‘ivory tree’ from Asia. Its wood is white and looks just like ivory. (By the way it is considered a remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea in Asia.)

And what I also saw for the first time this year were figurines made from dried leaves. They are beautiful but I think they will be quite fragile.

Nothing is cheap, but before you grumble, know that the rent of a chalet is from €15,000-€20,000 for the duration of the market. That’s $20,000-$27,000 / £13,000-£17,000 and it’s a lot of money.

You can also go for a ride on the Ferris Wheel on Place de la Concorde. It costs €10 for an adult and €8 for a child and you will go round 3 times. ($14 or $10  / £8 or £6). There could be quite a queue, especially on a Saturday and Sunday.

 

Ferris Wheel

The other Paris Christmas markets will be:

Montparnasse. This is in front of the Montparnasse Tower in the 15th arrondissement (district.) It opens on Monday, December 5 until Friday December 30.

Trocadéro. This is in the 16th district. Opens on Thursday, December 8 until Monday January 2.

Place d’Italie. This is in the 13th district. Open from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 24.

Place Saint-Germain des Prés. This is in the 6th district. From Friday December 2 to Monday January 2.

L’Arche de Noël à la Défense. This is at the foot of the Arche de la Défense. It is open from Wednesday, November 23 to Tuesday December 27 from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Place des Abbesses. This is in the 18th district and around the Abbesses metro station which is where you will exit if you are going to visit Place de Tertre. It will be open from end of November to Sunday, January  4.

Enjoy!! Christmas comes but once a year …

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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