2009


I am not really into dolls and don’t collect much of anything really. I used to collect picture frames when I traveled but don’t have the room for them anymore. I saw the Doll Museum-Musee de Poupee-across the street from one of the entrances to the Luxembourg Museum and had a look in the windows. There is a collection there of over 500 antique dolls. I’ve never gone in to look at it. There is a fee to do so by the way.


Look at her elegant dress.


A close up of her face.


Aren’t these called kewpie dolls?

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The light in the Winter always seems special to me. I love the slant of it and the long shadows that occur. I especially like Winter light on the streets of Paris.


A quiet street illuminated by the winter sun.


The last of some leaves on a tree with the sun highlighting their color.


I probably wouldn’t have noticed these trees if the light hadn’t caught my eye as I trudged up a street looking for a Christmas present for Maurice.


I turned a corner in the Marais area and was greeted by this fabulous sky.

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Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I appreciate all of you.


The huge Christmas tree under the dome of Galeries LaFayette.

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Sometimes high expectations and a lot of publicity can lead to disappointment. I have felt that way at several movies and plays and a few restaurants. When I first moved to Paris I visited the tea shop of Mariage Freres and loved the interior, the lovely fragrance of teas in the air so I expected a visit to the tea room that they have there to be a really great experience. I was disappointed.
The first time I tried it, it was packed with people on a cold winter day. It was an athletic workout to try and make your way to a table with a winter coat on and packages because the tables are so closely packed together. It was hard to get seated with other chairs filled with people and getting your coat off was very difficult. The desserts there at Mariage Freres are, I have to say, really good especially the Creme Brulee. The best I’ve ever had I think. But the tea doesn’t taste good to me. I don’t know why that is. I love the tea that I make at home using their mixes, especially Tea Noel and Marco Polo Rouge. It just doesn’t do it for me when I’m drinking their tea in the tea room.


I always love their windows. This window was foggy inside and I liked the things inside glowing in the light.

So, I was in the area with a friend and we decided to give it a try one more time. When we came in to the tea room we were informed that there was some sort of electrical malfunction with their water container and that it would be a few minutes before we could get our tea. It turned out to be thirty minutes. They brought in a big pot of boiling water which I guess they heated up in the kitchen. I wondered if they had a microwave. Surely that would be faster. We finally got our tea-we didn’t order anything sweet to go with it-and, darn, if it didn’t taste good to me again. It was then that I decided that I wouldn’t try their tea room again. I’ll have to try a couple of others and see how I like the taste. Maybe it’s just me.

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Whenever I’m in the area, I like to stop by the George V hotel and see what’s new with the flower arrangements. The flower person is actually an American that I met once. He gets a million euros a year just to buy the flowers and he makes stunning arrangements. There aren’t flowers in the lobby at Christmas but sort of permanent arrangements, probably so the staff can take December off.


A sort of modern Christmas tree shape.


A different view with some large Christmas balls in front.


Black and red. I’m seeing a lot of this used around Paris right now. A French lady told me that the French don’t use green and red for Christmas decorations like the English and Americans do. Now that I think about it, I usuall see a lot of silver, gold and white.


Look how they decorated the courtyard. Rather fabulous.

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In other words, it has been snowing in Paris. We’ve gotten about four inches or so. I didn’t go to some of the major monuments to take photos but I did venture out into my own neighborhood.


Snow seems to make the city seem more quiet. This is a street near us.


A Christmas tree for sale at a nearby florist. I’m sure the snow will help refresh it so it won’t be so dry.


I liked how these branches looked criss-crossing and layered with snow.


Many bikes and motor cycles were covered with snow. I’m glad I didn’t have to get out and ride a bike somewhere.

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