What Do You Do on Christmas Day in Paris?

Photo by Erica Simone

What Do You Do on Christmas Day in Paris?

Parler Paris…
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I’ve stayed home in Paris almost every Christmas since having moved here. So many friends and relatives head this way while they have vacation Stateside, that someone has to take care of the “inn” I’ve affectionately called “Hotel Leeds.”

Warning to all those who contemplate owning an apartment in Paris: you will discover friends and relatives you didn’t know you had! Oh, it’s not so bad. In fact, it can be downright wonderful that they all come to you and you get to just enjoy the City of Light like a tourist.

This year, my daughter pried herself out of her new West Village “pied-à-terre” to spend three weeks with her mother and her boyfriend of more than five years. Her long-standing junior and high-school friends have been dropping by to say hello, showing off their bulging pregnant bellies or new jobs and their perfected English, now that they’re using it regularly in their adult lives.

This week we “rendez-vous-ed” for lunch with friends from Germany who came in for just one day (!) to visit Paris with two exchange students from Chile they are hosting this year…and again with a friend from Chicago who also came for just one day (!!), only to return again the next morning to the Windy (and very cold) City for Christmas Day. Paris is a ‘magnet’ for a “Bonne Noël!”

So, what does one do in Paris on Christmas Day?

While most Parisians are opening their gifts, slicing into a turkey or ham and pouring up the “Vin Chaud,” Jews and non-Christians are heading to the movies and then a Chinese dinner. It’s tradition! Most of my daughter’s friends from her school days in Le Marais are of mixed nationalities (making for an eclectic and quite beautiful group of young French), so they’re happy to join us at the big round table (seating 12) at our favorite Asian restaurant in Belleville, “Lao Siam” (number 49, rue de Belleville).

But if you’re not so inclined as to take on the tradition of non-Christians, and prefer something a little more in the Christmas spirit, let me make a few suggestions for great things to do in Paris on Christmas Day:

Visit the Christmas markets: http://www.sortiraparis.com/

Visit the department store “vitrines”: http://www.cityzens.fr/

Go see a sexy review…The Crazy Horse, the Moulin Rouge, the Paradis Latin, the Lido…all have Christmas “spectacles”: http://www.pariswelcome.net

A few museums are open (!): The Aquarium Trocadero (http://www.cineaqua.com/), The Centre Pompidou (http://www.centrepompidou.fr ), The Musée de la Magie ( http://www.museedelamagie.com/ ), The Musée de l’Erotisme ( http://www.musee-erotisme.com/ ), The Wax Musée Grévin (http://www.grevin.com/ ), the Musée Jacquemart-André ( http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/jandre/ and of course, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Judaïsme (http://www.mahj.org/ )

What could be finer than to be at Notre Dame for midnight mass or on Christmas Day?: http://notredamedeparis.fr/

Take a ride on the Grande Roue Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde: http://www.paris.fr/

Or skate on one of the three city-sponsored ice rinks!: http://www.paris.fr
Get a great view of the city. Both the Eiffel Tower and the Tour Montparnasse are open for ascending!
Eiffel Tower: http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/index.html
Tour Montparnasse: http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/

And where to eat? One of the big brasseries! Brasseries Flo Brothers…or Frères Blanc will have their doors open. Visit http://www.flobrasseries.com/ or http://www.blanc.net/ for a listing of their locations all over Paris.

And if none of those suit you, head for a movie and a Chinese restaurant! You’ll find all the non-Christians there enjoying the Christian holiday!

Erica Simone and Adrian LeedsA la prochaine…and a very Merry Christmas!

Adrian Leeds (with Erica Simone)
Editor, Parler Paris


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Photo by Erica Simone

“The Joy of Sex-y”

Get switched on! Learn how to feel sex-y, be sex-y, act sex-y…it all starts with you.

Ladies only please. (Gentlemen, you’ll get your turn.)

Saturday December 27, 2008, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: La Pierre du Marais

96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers
See map here.

Sexy. The word itself has become crass, commercial and overused. But authentic sexy is all about getting switched on. And if you switch on your erotic energy, you can actually turn on your life.

No matter your marital status, age, body shape or busy schedule, you can access your erotic energy. Victoria is going to teach you how. She
will offer tips and suggestions as to h

ow to live your Joy of Sex-y. She’ll also offer inside scoop as to what men really think and what they want.

Bring your questions. Get some answers. Come on. You know you want to!


Spend a captivating few hours of fun, friendly and quite lively discussion with Pleasure Coach, Victoria Strong, CSB (Certified Sexological Bodyworker.) Living in the erotically charged French culture has fundamentally changed ex-New Yorker Victoria — so much so that she left behind a successful career in television to work with the message of the power of sexual well-being. Divine Feminine Touch is her pleasure coaching service which helps men, women and couples optimize their vital life force (erotic energy) through increased pleasure.

35€ at the door
Includes free gift!
Wear comfortable clothing (pants or jeans)
Seating limited. Please
plan on ordering at least one drink.
Saturday December 27, 2008, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: La Pierre du Marais 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers
See map here.

RSVP: [email protected]

For more information about Victoria and her service, see DivineFeminineTouch.com

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Wishing you all beautiful December times with prosperous New Year’s resolutions.

Erica Simone

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