un weekend d’hiver à Paris

We have just arrived back home after a winter weekend in Paris.  We went to see Julie and Stuart who are living over there for a year for Stuart’s work.  We had booked the weekend to coincide with the Christmas markets and I’m glad we did.  We had a great time spending time with Julie, Stuart, Bron and Idris and exploring central Paris as well as Andresey, the town on the outskirts of the city where they are living.

Here is a list of our favourite things about the trip:

  • Favourite Christmas market – the smallest one we went to in Andresey which felt very friendly and had a crafty feel to it.
  • Best Christmas lights.  The Christmas scene on the other side of the river in Andresey.
  • Busiest spot – the markets on the Champs d’Elysses at sunset.  Seems like everyone had come out to sample the “Vin Chaud”.
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  • Best meal.   The Special Cous Cous at the Morrocan restaurant in Andresey.  It put my cous cous to shame and could’ve fed a small army.
  • Best pudding – Stuart’s Sticky Toffee Pudding.  I can’t get enough of that.
  • Best bread.  The granary baguette from the bakery right next to Andresey train station.
  • Longest walk.  Almost 10km from La Defense to Place de la Concorde via L’Arc de Triompe. As Thomas Jefferson said, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”
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  • Prettiest walk.  Along the Seine at sunset back to the apartment.
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  • Most unexpected greeting.  Bron and Idris saying an enthusiastic hello to Paul when I left the bedroom door open during a midnight trip to the loo.
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  • Longest wait.  Waiting for my Chocolat Chaud at the Andresey Christmas light switch on that (almost) never came.
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  • Best view.  The one from the roof of Julie and Stuart’s apartment of the River Seine.
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  • Best stained glass.  Notre Dame.  It just went on and on…
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  • Best window display.  The nodding dog in the Louis Vuitton display at Galeries Lafayette.
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  • Most interesting display of affection.  The padlocks attached to bridges around the city with initials engraved on them to signify their everlasting love. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_padlocks
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  • Funniest moment.  Paul “removing” an antler from a stuffed reindeer and quickly repairing it again.
  • Biggest surprise.  Canadian stalls at the Christmas markets selling ice wine, poutine and all things maple.
  • Scariest moment.  Crossing the road at the Place de la Concorde.  Chaos!
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We look forward to our next visit further sampling the things that the city has to offer.  Thanks again to Julie and Stuart for a great trip!

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