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Christmas at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Christmas at Notre-Dame Cathedral

With just a week to go till Christmas Eve and the big day itself, I thought it was about time that I uploaded some of the recent photographs that I took one night of Notre-Dame Cathedral being all festive. The Christmas Tree that adorns the square infant of the Cathedral was actually donated by Russia. Due to the struggle of the Cathedral to raise the money to purchase a tree, it appealed to foreign embassies in Paris for aid. According to Russia’s ambassador to France, the “Tree is a message of peace”, as I am sure that we are all aware of the current political occurrences regarding Russia. Although I’m actually not that impressed by the tree – I’m more of a gold and red Christmas decoration kinda’ girl – it is still lovely to see and photograph the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral during this merry time of year. What are your thoughts on the Tree?

Champs-Élysées Christmas Market, Paris

Champs-Élysées Christmas Market

The count down to Christmas officially begins, and what better way to start December than with a seasonal blog post about my latest visit to one of Paris’ busiest Christmas Markets along the Champs-Élysées. The Christmas market adorning the Champs-Élysées is probably one of the most popular ones in Paris, and this should not really be a surprise. Before entering what was the beginning of the market, I had very high expectations of what I was about to experience. Living in probably one of the chicest places in the world, I thought that the renowned Christmas market along the Champs-Élysées would live up to such standards. However, I was sadly proven wrong. The entire market is divided along the avenue on either side. Whilst the christmas lights adorning the avenue are lovely, the market itself is, well, unique (not sure if that’s in a good way or not). The only thing really christmas-y about the market were the grottos and the decorations, but that’s pretty much it. You may find the odd stall selling traditional ginger bread christmas …