Noël

Maybe it’s living in Paris at this time of year… maybe it’s working full-time and looking forward to some well-deserved time off… or maybe it’s just missing all things home. Whatever it is, it has got me feeling so festive.

In the past month Chloe and her boyfriend Perry visited Paris, I visited Murcia, Ellen and Liv stayed with me for a long weekend and Lucy and I successfully made a roast dinner for 8. The theme for all of these weekends was Christmas, as Dan and I watched the light switch-on at the Plaza Circular (accompanied by some questionable Mariah Carey and Bill Crosby covers) and I took my visitors to some popular Christmas attractions in Paris.

These are my top recommendations for Noël à Paris:

  • See the Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées

Leaving the office when it’s dark outside means I see these Christmas lights every evening, but that doesn’t make them any less magical. The trees that line both sides of the road are decorated with blue and gold lights, and the shops behind really go to town with their festive window displays.

  • Visit the Christmas market at La Défense

Unfortunately the licence was not renewed for the famous Champs-Elysées Christmas market this year, but alternatives can be found elsewhere in Paris. Although a little further out, the market at La Défense is one of the biggest this year and is just within Zone 3; making it easily accessible on the metro (line 1). Buy some handmade Christmas gifts, find some new decorations or treat yourself to a vin chaud.

  • See the Christmas decorations at Galaries Lafayette

Each year the famous department store decorates its huge Christmas tree and creates elaborate window displays based on a certain theme; 2017’s is Noël Spectacular Spectacular. And spectacular it is. I’ve already visited twice and wouldn’t say no to going again. The rooftop offers one of the best views of Paris that I’ve seen, definitely worth having a look!

Five days left in the office until I finally head home for Christmas. If anyone happens to be on the last Eurostar out of Paris on Friday evening then I apologise in advance for the two exciteable girls (me and Lucy) who will most likely be drunk on a cocktail of cheap prosecco and Christmas spirit.

Wishing everyone a Joyeux Noël and a très Bonne Année. Enjoy the festivities and stay safe!

Grosses bises,

Hannah x x

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