Before heading to the States I made a quick trip to Galeries Lafayette to check out their Christmas tree. It is under their glass dome and is different each year.
We are in the States catching up with friends and family. We started out in New York City which I always enjoy. A cold front arrived with the high being 17 degrees one day while we were there which kept us from doing as much as we wanted but we still had fun.
We saw a few lovely Christmas doors but not as many as I had hoped.
The decorations at Saks were fabulous. They had a flashing light show to go with whatever Christmas music was playing.
Another great window at Saks.
One of the festive lions in front of the New York Public library.
Always exciting to see the Empire State Building especially when it has some Christmas green lighting it up.
A Merry Christmas to all who come here. It is much appreciated!
During the winter months this cheese, Mont d’Or arrives. It is made from the cows (both in Switzerland and France) that produce the very good, and hard, Compte cheese but once they are brought down from the summer pastures their diet changes, milk production slows down and this cheese is made. It is made in rounds and smushed into a round cedar box which gives another layer of flavour. You can cut it out in wedges to eat and it tastes fine this way, sort of like a brie, but the best way is to put slivers of garlic into the cheese, add a little white wine and then wrap the box in foil and bake it until the cheese is soft and bubbly.
And then, like other dishes made in the alps, you can serve it with potatoes and ham or dip bread into it like fondue. It’s very tasty. It’s very rich, as you might imagine, and no dinner is required after having this for lunch.
We have passed the shortest day of the year and are heading towards Christmas (and then a new year!). Here are a few photos taken this last week.
I’m one of those people who wake up early. Sometimes I can make it until 8 AM but 6 or 7 are more common. I am often helped with my early rising by the “alarm clock” of the toddler upstairs running down the hall to, I’m guessing, wake up his parents. Our apartments are not very sound proof. Anyway, one morning I got up and looked out the kitchen window and saw that two other people were up early too.
This time of year these little cakes appear, bÃ»che de NoÃ«l, little “logs” symbolising the real yule logs burned on the shortest day-at least in the past-of the year to bring good luck (and probably a little thanks that the days would start getting longer).
A few more Christmas photos from Paris as Christmas approaches.
I was in a store the other day which had really lovely decorations for sale.