All posts filed under: Christmas in Paris

Changed Relationship Status: A Parisian New Year’s Eve

A fourth New Years’ Eve in Paris was a landmark for this blogger: I realized that the city had grown on me. The marvel of first being in Paris has faded, the honeymoon is over. We’re officially committed to each other now. Rather than an artifact to dissect, and sing praises, the city has become familiar, breeding the attendant  love for Paris and contempt on some days. Having two friends over from the US for New Year’s Eve was the first opportunity to realize what Paris  now means to me: they were both overwhelmed by the beauty of the city, as was I – yet, the quality of my appreciation was tempered with a knowledge of the less flattering truths about the city. Paris, I realized, was a gorgeous sight to behold but also tightly and heavily managed to maintain its looks. The sense of nuance was swiftly confirmed as we began to scramble for transport in the wee hours of the morning. The metro was not working as efficiently as it should have been. …

‘t was a green, sustainable Christmas at La Madeleine

One of the highlights of the past Christmas was the nativity scene at La Madeleine, put together from recycled goods – ranging from buttons to shower heads. It was both interesting to see and peculiar. One would also guess that there was also a much deeper message and meaning to the methodology of the artist – which I am not entirely sure about. However, for me, what I took away from the presentation was the comforting message that one need not always look to the new but be conscious of what is available in the present and in front of our eyes. I’ve also developed an acute distaste for consumerism, so the idea of a work of art from recycled material always makes a powerful statement to me: that the modern quest for more is not the only option that we have at our disposal. We do not need to consume more and bigger, there is no harm in re-using what we already have. In an era of aggressive marketing, headless capitalism and mindless consumerism, …

Parisian Wanderings (2)

In yet another episode of wandering,  I happened to walk past an old church which once occupied a very central place in  the politics of France, whose church bell on St. Bartholomew’s Day  summoned the massacre of several innocent people – and in more recent history, was the venue for the ill-fated wedding of Eva Longoria.  All of these events have had their full life’s cycle, are defunct and long past.  And, this to me is part of the beauty of  wandering aimlessly around Paris – the opportunity to  walk on streets trod by kings and queens on  their way to mass or daily prayer, the hurried hate-filled  footsteps of ‘genocidaires’ thirsty for the blood of unwanted foreigners – and those of  countless young lovers about to take a plunge into the unknown realms of commitment. It is what makes wandering Paris a transcendental experience, each and every time. And, on another note –  while I am trying to resist being overly fascinated by the  city’s christmas lights : it is increasingly difficult not to …

Ralph Lauren, Boulevard Saint Germain

The pictures I took are not very helpful (testament to my very limited photography skills). ‘ll have a second try when I pass by the window when it is darker – that is, when I pass by the beautiful holiday display at the Ralph Lauren boutique on Boulevard Saint Germain. After weeks of being ‘encours’, being readied for the public – the display now reveals what can only be Ralph Lauren: Sophisticated and very easy on the eye.

The Season’s Favourite Things

Four weeks to Christmas, and we are welcoming in the season with friends old and new! It was interesting taking a mental trip back to Christmas 2010 through photographs taken then – last year’s ‘Christmas in Paris’. One thing that stands out is the difference in weather – at least thus far. Yes, temperatures have dropped and today is particularly grey and moody – but it seems to be warmer and drier compared to last year. This could all change, of course. While walking down Champs Elysées, it was clear that there is a little less ‘bling’ in contrast to last year.This could be thanks to energy efficiency or perhaps befitting of a France in the midst of weathering the Eurozone crisis. And, oh, there is a new Marks and Spencer’s that I noticed in the distance on Champs Elysées as well. As the season kicks in, I think this year will be a lot more sober than the last. The heady excitement of “Christmas in Paris’ has cooled down, and I am a bit …