December in Paris

After getting sent to Paris in November for work, I was lucky enough to return again in December. And, just like November, I spent a lot of time revisiting my favorite spots, especially those that I knew would be decked out for the holidays. What can I say; I am a sucker for Christmas.

On the day I arrived in town, I stopped at Semilla for lunch (I had eaten dinner there the prior December). While it was still good this time around, I was a bit less blown away than I had been then. Can’t win ’em all, I suppose.

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After lunch, I wandered around the 6th for a while, happy to have caught Paris on such a bright and sunny December Sunday.

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And then I crossed the river and popped by the Louvre:

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Before heading onto Place Vendôme, where I ooohed and aaahed over all the jewelry shops’ windows, done up for the holidays to perfection:

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One night after work, a few coworkers and I stopped into Le Bon Marché for some Christmas shopping. Aren’t their displays the prettiest?

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(I never can resist taking that shot of LBM’s escalators.)

And on my way to dinner one night, bright, twinkling lights caught my eye. I had to explore, and what I found was Galeries Vivienne, all decked out for the season. Gorgeous!

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I dined at La Bourse et La Vie, in the running for one of my all-time favorite Paris restaurants (as proof, see here, here, and here) (I told you I love this place). Their oysters gratinées and steak frites remain as on point as ever:

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Also on point? My meal at Verjus, which I wrote about in more detail here. One of my best dining experiences of 2016, for sure.

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On my last day in town – just a few days before Christmas – I had one mission: get all my shopping done. I started in the Marais:

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(The first rule of Merci is that you must always photograph the Merci bug.)

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I stopped into Grand Coeur for lunch, where I had the lamb (again, and always) and a tasty pistachio cake for dessert.

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I made my way to the Seine for a post-lunch walk:

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And then I hopped on the Métro and finished up my holiday shopping at Galeries Lafayette, which was either exceedingly brave or exceedingly foolish, depending on your point of view. The crush of people was insane. After fighting my way to the register and paying, I ducked up to the roof just to have the chance to breathe some fresh air. Then, it was back downstairs to fight my way through the gauntlet and back to my hotel.

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Crowds aside, I really can’t complain about getting the chance to Christmas shop in Paris. It may not have been friendly to my wallet, but it did make me very happy indeed.

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