Paris is magical at any time of the year, but especially so at Christmas.
I mean...just look at it.
|Marché de Noël on the Champs-Élysées|
|Bûches de Noël|
|The famed Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree|
|Trees around an arc (not l'Arc de Triomphe)|
|A menorah amid French viennoiseries|
|Chocolate dreidels and menorahs!|
There were acrobatics, stripteases, body contortions, and even some opera songs. We also got to meet some of the cast members before and after the show!
We were quite exhausted from our big day and night out, so we came back to Rachel's apartment around 11:30 and settled in for some Riesling, bûche de Noël (yule log cake), and "Elf" in French. Talk about the ultimate night in!
It seemed like every blogger and her mother was in Paris this weekend, so I met up with a couple. Emily and I have actually hung out twice already (she only lives an hour away from me in Michigan!), but we wanted to see each other before she went home from her study-abroad program. We spent some time browsing the amazing selection at Shakespeare and Company, a charming bookstore that specializes in books in English. Emily just got her wisdom teeth out, so go send her some well wishes!
And I was REALLY excited that I finally got to meet Nancy! We've texted every day since May--we seriously have SO much in common--and she was honeymooning in Paris. Not only did I get to meet her, but I also got to meet her new husband! I love her even more in person than by text. I was so sad to say goodbye! But if we were able to meet in Paris, I'm not concerned about never seeing her again. ;) I also recently guest posted for her at the beginning of her honeymoon. Go check out her page and make sure to congratulate her on being a newlywed!
Between seeing old and new friends, eating great food, indulging in Christmas goodies, and watching a real Parisian cabaret, I had the most amazing weekend. Oh, and I casually hung out with six million skeletons, but that's a story for another time.