After the Dior exhibit I thought I would take a bus to see the Dior store on Avenue Montaigne. I went a few other places as well and ended up taking two metro rides and five buses. I was exhausted when I got home, but it was worth it.

This was on Rue de Rivoli in front of a hotel.

I liked Avenue Montaigne much more than the Champs Elysees for Christmas lights. It’s a smaller street for one thing and I just liked the Christmas lights there more. This is the front of Plaza Athenee Hotel.

The lights on the Dior store.

The elegant decorations at the Peninsula Hotel.

A Christmas tree seen through the door of the restaurant there.

The tree at the Shangrila Hotel. I had a 12 Euro coke there at the bar. I love dark, elegant hotel bars.

I walked from the hotel to Trocadero to take the metro line 6 home and, of course, had to get a photo of the Eiffel Tower. As you can see, it was foggy.

9 thoughts to “Lights”

  1. I am such a Grinch that I’ve spent most of December in Morocco in an attempt to escape the holiday madness and foul weather in Europe. However, I’ve always enjoyed the way cities look dressed up for the holidays, so I took a week to check out Paris and London. I’d never been to either place during the holidays.

    But I was extremely disappointed in the holiday lights in Paris. For one thing, I can’t believe some of the most famous places had nothing at all. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Comedie Francaise and more, all looked the same as always. And while I liked Avenue Montaigne, I don’t get Dior’s hot air balloons as a seasonal decoration. I also wasn’t that fond of Galeries Lafayette’s atrium display. It was colorful and slightly amusing, but I was hoping for breathtaking elegance to match the atrium itself. However, it was nice in a cheerful sort of way. But, imo, there was nothing whatsoever to redeem Notre Dame’s attempt at decoration. For one thing, I would have expected something of a more religious nature, maybe some angels. But that tree looked like something you’d see in a discount department store.

    I went from Paris to London and the difference was amazing. So many streets hung with lights, all slightly different, and even many minor roads displaying at least a little something on the lamp posts. Also, many more businesses were decorated. It was much more what I’d expect from a big city, particularly a world capital. But I think New Orleans was probably better, and more heavily, decorated than Paris.

    1. I will have to get to London one Christmas. I’ve seen great photos of it. I was disappointed in that Charlie Brown Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame. I expected more. I’m sort of a grinch at Christmas. It takes a lot to excite me. I thought NYC was exceptional at decorations. Anyway, thanks for commenting!

      1. Absolutely. I never miss one of your posts, bc Paris is my happy place, and I love seeing what’s going on when I’m not there. I like seeing your travel posts, too, bc I’m always interested in getting personal takes on different destinations. Also, you’re like me, always taking photos of architectural details, although my photos are nowhere near as good as yours. I’m such a terrible tourist, lol, just walking around looking at buildings instead of actually *doing* anything.

        And yes, definitely, New York has fabulous decorations at Christmas. In fact, I’ve always thought them the best in the world. But now I’ve seen London, I think I have to go back to NYC at Christmas to refresh my memory, it’s been decades since I’ve been at that time of year. Anyway, love your photos, thanks!

  2. and here I was just thinking how nice it would be to be in Europe, where it isn’t (I think) months of hard-sell merchandising before the event, so that by the time Christmas arrives you’re sick to death of it. I like your pictures of the lights and those lovely trees — some glitter but not so much that it whaps you upside the head.
    I would be more than happy to check out some of those spots you show, although I might draw the line at a 12 euro soft drink. Gah.

    1. Actually, the US is the only country that has Halloween and Thanksgiving keeping Christmas creep at bay – though even that’s not quite as effective as it used to be in past decades. But Halloween isn’t nearly the occasion in Europe, or anywhere else, that it is in the States and we are the only ones celebrating Thanksgiving at the end of November. So Christmas stuff actually starts sneaking in during October in the UK, and is full on by November, with only the very last touches showing up in December. I was surprised that the tree in Trafalgar Square in London didn’t go up until like December 7th. I think that was the very last thing to happen. I don’t know about Paris, though. Doesn’t seem like quite as much of a big deal there.

  3. Well, I like the decorations. I had to laugh at your 12E coke. I remember buying a coke in Paris in 1961; I was aghast that it was 15 cents and I didn’t buy a second one.

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