We celebrated our second Christmas in Paris this year. Although it’s nice to get to spend the holidays in this gorgeous city, I wish we could’ve been surrounded by family back home. You never appreciate how lucky you are to have holiday obligations until there aren’t any obligations to attend! Unfortunately, Rio’s busy period falls around Christmas, so the chances of us spending Christmas back home in 2014 will be slim too. Oh well – maybe we can convince family to visit us for Christmas next year! Hint hint…
Nevertheless, we made the most of the holiday. Although we were supposed to spend Christmas Eve in Chantilly with a French friend, a family emergency resulted in us putting together a last-minute, quiet meal chez nous. This year, we incorporated some traditional French Christmas elements into the meal – smoked salmon, oysters and gougères for apéros, seared scallops, a bûche de Noël, and, of course, a couple bottles of Champagne. For Christmas Day, we were lucky enough to be invited to our friend Stacy and Jason’s apartment for a cozy, casual lunch that included some height-defying rounds of Jenga, mulled orange juice, the most thick and delicious potato soup you’ve ever had, mac & cheese, bacon-covered turkey for the meat-eaters, mashed potatoes & gravy, freshly-baked bread, and a chocolate and raspberry cake! Even though I had my stretchy pants on, I was so stuffed by the end of the night, I wish I had brought sweatpants to change into! I’m so thankful we got to spend the holiday with some friends, as Christmas is definitely a holiday that’s made even more meaningful when you get to be surrounded by special people in your lives.
So no matter where you live and who you’re with, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season! From the streets of Paris to our home, here are some festive photos from the past few weeks. Joyeuses fêtes et une bonne année à tous!
Holidays via Instagram.
I know I don’t post nearly enough about Paris. The simple fact is I don’t visit any tourist sights unless guests are in town, and I don’t necessarily feel comfortable looking like a tourist or snap-happy blogger by whipping out a huge DSLR camera (or even a regular point-and-shoot camera for that matter) when I’m out trying a new bar or restaurant. I’ll occasionally sneak in an iPhone photo, but even then, those aren’t the best quality since I’m trying to be pseudo-discreet. I’m also just not the kind of person that simply wanders around the city for hours with a camera taking photos of beautiful everyday activities and sights. I really wish I was, but I’m not. In fact, I’m afraid that if I ever leave this beloved city of mine, that I’ll regret I didn’t do that. All this is to say that this is the reason most of my photos tend to be of my recent travels (apparently, I don’t have any qualms about looking like a tourist then), with an occasional Paris shot in between. Oh, and a shot of Tyler too, of course.
However, since I did have guests in town recently and even got to visit Barcelona and Madrid again after nearly 10 years, here are a few things I managed to capture on Instagram, Paris sights included.
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We took a stroll to Sacré Coeur on New Year’s Day and despite the crowd, it was a good day to go. Not only was it a gorgeous sunny, clear day, but there were quite the number of acts going on. A little old man playing the violin on the steps, a guitarist that would call up onlookers to sing with him and a pretty talented soccer guy that was bouncing around a soccer ball on the ledge and even shimmied up a lamp post too. I’ve been to Sacré Coeur a ton of times and that was the first time I saw that soccer guy – pretty amazing.
Tyler at Moulin Radet. One of the two surviving original windmills in Montmartre.
We decided to take a little stroll to Sacré-Coeur on this beautiful Sunday. It was Tyler’s first time.
A little break chez moi after our stroll to Sacré-Coeur.
Last Saturday night, it was Paris Museum Night AKA “La Nuit des Musées” where there was free entry to all the museums in Paris at night (6pm to midnight/1am). In fact, there was free entry to all the museums in Europe that night. Apparently they’ve been doing this in Paris for eight years now, but it was launched in Berlin back in 1997. So even though Rio just returned from NYC that morning, I dragged his little tuckus out and we went to see two of our favorite museums: Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin. If you’re ever in Europe during this time – I highly recommend it as there’s something magical about being in a museum at night! A lot of the museums not only have free entry but special exhibit access as well.
Here are a couple pics of the café at Musée d’Orsay. I’ve never eaten there – but the view alone makes me want to!
See Sacré-Coeur in the background?