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 Christmas begins on the Champs-Elysées


The City of Holiday Light

Your taste of life in Paris and France
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Put on your sunglasses, but don't worry, you won't need them during the day. The days are "Gray Paree" just as you would expect, but the nights?...Sparkling bright with 130 illuminated streets and squares in the Capital City to celebrate the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012.

Number one: don't miss the Champs-Elysées. Last Wednesday actress and "ambassadrice de l'élégance" (needs no translation) Audrey Tautou, along with Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë and Jean Noël Reinhardt, President of the Champs-Elysées Committee, inaugurated the lights along what many consider to be the world's most beautiful avenue. In a totally unique style to anything that has lit the avenue in the past, you may find these rings of changing colors to fit the delicacy and elegance of Ms. Tautou's style just as was intended.

At Place de la Concorde, now's your chance to take a ride on the "Grand Roue" -- a tradition since 1900 when it was first installed for the World's Fair, up through February 19, 2012 -- but don't wait for the lights to come down before circling to the top! See La Grande Roue at Place de la Concorde- for more information.

When you're wandering through the various "quartiers" of the City of Light, you'll find many of the streets decorated each in their own way. Take a stroll to visit them all or make a plan by checking the list: Decorated Streets of Paris

Need Christmas gifts? No problem. There are lots of Christmas markets to satisfy your shopping urges and need for a good "Vin Chaud." The market along the Champs Elysées (from place de la Concorde to Rond Point) will keep you busy for a while, but if it's not good enough, you can visit the Village du Père Noël de Saint-Germain-des-Prés (at the Métro entrance of Saint-Germain-des-Prés), the Village de Noël Européen du Trocadéro (at the Métro entrance of Trocadéro), the Village de Noël de Montparnasse (at the foot of the Tour Montparnasse), the Village de Noël, place Saint Sulpice (at place Saint-Sulpice), the Marché de Noël Italie 2 (at Place d'Italie), the Marché de la Gare de l'Est (in the Gare de l'Est), the Marché de Noël, place de la Nation (at place de la Nation), the Marché de Noël de Notre Dame (at Square Viviani/quai de Montebello). the Marché de la Défense (on the Parvis de La Défense), the Marché de Noël de "Noël en Auteuil, les Festiv' Solidaires" (at the Métro entrance of Jasmin) and the Marché de Noël de Boulogne (at La Grande Place facing the Centre Commercial). That ought to fix you, no? To learn more, visit The Christmas Markets of Paris

And of course, what is Christmas without the department store lights, decorated trees and windows? It was tough to decide which we preferred -- Galeries Lafayette's Rock'nRoll animated windows with handmade "Kouklitas" puppets and dolls by American designer Andrew Yang, or Printemps' Chanel-designed and decorated fantasy cities -- veritable works of installation art.

If you fall in love with the Kouklitas at Galeries Lafayette like I did, then no problem...one or more can be yours for a mere 150€, numbered and signed by the artist. While you're making your choice, go visit the 20-meter-high Christmas tree under the dome (40, boulevard Haussmann, 9th).   Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director for the House of Chanel, inaugurated Printemps' windows earlier this month in the company of  Vanessa Paradis. Each window represents a different destination...11 to be exact (how apropos!): Los Angeles, London, New York, Byzantine, Paris, Biarritz, Moscow, Venice, Shanghai, Tokyo and Le Cap d’Antibes. The windows will knock your wooly socks off, but little Karl L. dolls doing what Karl does, will certainly make you smile. (64, boulevard Hausmann 9th).

BTW, don't forget to wear sunscreen, you might need it! And for more information, visit Christmas in Paris

A la prochaine...

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Editor, Parler Paris

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 P.S. If you're going to the "Grands Magazins," you may want to try one of Paris' most classic French Bistrots! Be sure to read this week's "Restaurant of the Week!" 


 Adrian Leeds' Restaurant of the Week 

All of you foodies must have felt a bit ignored, since even though I dine out twice a day and keep the Adrian Leeds® Top 100 Cheap Insider Paris Restaurants up to date, you haven't heard much from me about my latest finds. So, to do us all a bit of good, we're adding the "Restaurant of the Week" to our regular missives.

The Restaurant of the Week may not be a restaurant that warrants inclusion in the Top 100 Cheap Insider Paris Restaurants (Adrian Leeds Top 100 Cheap Insider Paris Restaurants), because it may not be cheap enough or classic enough to make the grade, but I promise you it will be worth a visit. 

30-11-11closbourguignonLe Clos Bourguignon

It doesn't get any more classic, any more Paris bistrot, any more "familial" than this...and here it is in the heart of the Grands Magazins where it seems tough to find such a perfect spot for an inexpensive and great meal. The regulars come here -- not the tourists or the shoppers, but the French who live and work in the "quartier." You know in an instant that the waitstaff have been putting dishes on the tables for many moons and always in good spirits...they just KNOW that you're going to want this...or that...without having to ask...and spit it all out faster than you can say it. The quality of the food is very acceptable for the price and you'll love the classic menu (Poireaux Vinagrette, Roti de Veau, Clafoutis aux Poires), but the reason to be here is not to have your finest meal, but to experience the Paris we all know and love. So much so, that you may end up  kissing your waitress upon leaving...just as I did!

LE CLOS BOURGUIGNON

Address: 39, rue Caumartin, Arrondissement 8
Phone: 01.47.42.56.60
Métro: Havre-Caumartin, Opéra, Madeleine (Lines 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14)
RER: Auber
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Hours: Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner Except Saturday Evening and Sunday Lunch
Average per Person: €25 - €35


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Paris, 56 Blvd. Saint Michel

When? Friday, December 2, 2011 9:30h-17:30h. 

Tuition?  €150

What will I Learn? You will learn how the power of  storytelling, conversation, creativity, poetry and writing expands and deepens your work and your life. What else? Five insights that will keep your writing and creativity on track. Will we discuss social media? YES!
 
What does it mean to be awake as a writer?  Is creativity the answer for the 21st century? What are the boundaries between your truth and universal truth?  Explore these questions and more.

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December 13 - Martine di Mattéo, Interior Architect and Designer -- "How to Create the French Shabby Chic Style"

Seamlessly bi-cultural, trained in France and America, French born Decoratrice Extraordinaire Martine di Mattéo displays a talent and passion for interior design that demands attention. Her busy schedule includes numerous Paris renovations, vast experience in major retail American stores, 14 years as Directeur of Visuelle for Paris Disney, consultant for European theme parks and seasonal rearranging of world reknown Paris institutions and museums. Even with all her fine-tuned skills, Martine credits her best work to her keen desire to create beauty, peace and harmony above all. At the end of the day, she is an artist with an eye for perfection. 

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