holiday time in paris


December is an especially lovely time to visit Paris, because the year-round “City of Light” outdoes even itself with festive decoration and illumination all over the city. Wandering its streets, perhaps the best (if least efficient) way to experience the city yields even more delightful surprises with each turned corner, from the Place de la Concorde (above) to the nightlife of the Rive Gauche.

The colonnade and jewelry shops of Place Vendome with tastefully simple branches of light.


In addition to ice skating during the day out front, the Hotel de Ville is host to a light show at night, with hundreds of tiny flashes of light like falling snow on its rooftop.


An early evening drink outside a cafe in Saint Germain


Selling Christmas trees on a street in Montmarte



Late-night book browsing under the festive lights at Shakespeare & Co.


Happy holidays and a very happy new year to everyone!
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