Lights

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.

Dior

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about an exhibit of Dior, the famous French clothing designer. There were lines waiting to enter, even if you had gotten a ticket for a reserved time online which I had. Some people, even with a ticket, had to wait an hour before entering. It’s getting near to the time when the exhibit is ending and maybe there are fewer people because I arrived early and was let in 20 minutes before my reserved time. The museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, was packed with people, and some areas were way to small to see things but it was still worth the time. He was indeed an artistic genius, as were the people who took his place when he died. I’m not a very fashionable person, but I do love looking at beautiful clothing.

I don’t know if this was done by some bored person waiting to enter the exhibit or not but I rather liked it. It was right by the entrance.

This was at the top of the stairs leading into the exhibit. It was done in lights.

I’m watching the TV series, The Crown, so this photo of Princess Margaret wearing a Dior gown on her 21st birthday caught my eye.

Dior loved the form of flowers, and the form of women as well, and many of his designs centered in some way with flowers. One of the exhibit rooms had the whole ceiling covered with flowers. All of the rooms were lovely and the clothing and other items were displayed beautifully and creatively.

A huge display in the last room with golden sparkle lights adding to the feeling.

He did perfume too. Isn’t this display pretty?

A look at some of the bottles of perfume done through the years. My favourite perfume is by Dior called J’adore. Such a lovely fragrance.

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone who stops by here a Very Merry Christmas!

Photos taken mostly in the beautiful Galerie Vivienne, a covered passageway from the 1800’s.

Christmas tree models in a shop outside of Palais Royal.

French pastries for sale.

The pretty lights outside of the restaurant, le Grand Colbert.

Inside the Galerie Vivienne.

Outside another shop.

A shop selling gorgeous Christmas decorations.

Christmas stars in a wine glass.

 

View

There are splendid views on top of the Pompidou Museum.

A giant sculpture of a thumb by Cesar is outside.

The famous venting system. The whole building is sort of inside out.

The view. Not bad.

Christmas trees leading into Georges, the restaurant at the top.

Here is a slice of the Pompidou down a narrow street.

Le Train Bleu

I joined a friend for lunch the other day at the Train Bleu, a luxurious restaurant found in the train station, Gare de Lyon. Trains from this station head towards the south of France and all of the paintings on the walls are of the various destinations most painted around 1900.

 

 

 

A train ready for departure. Train stations are always freezing cold in the winter as there are high roofs and large openings.

The stairs on either side leading up to le Train Bleu.

The bar. People were pouring in, many with suitcases and you needed a reservation for a table although I think there were some low tables near the bar available. They were turning people away. Most of the clients seemed like businessmen to me.

Just part of the stunning interior.

The view from my table.

If you like rum, the dessert of Baba Rhum is right up your alley. It’s sort of a pound cake which soaks up the rum. I read that it began when the exiled king of Poland was in France. The cake that was to be served for dessert was too dry so they poured rum on it.

I dropped into the nearby CitizenM hotel to look at their fun lobby. It’s a very lively place.

Noel

Various Christmas things around Paris:

Pere Noel, or Santa Claus,

A Christmas cake, rather over the top.

I like to drink Christmas tea all year long.

This looked good-matcha flavoured.

A cozy corner in a tea place.