Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Here’s a Paris museum only open between Christmas & January 5!

December 26th, 2013

The Musée des Arts Forains (think old-world country fairs), an off-the-beaten path museum in the 12th, is only open to the general public over the Christmas holidays (this year, December 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014).  If you love merry-go-rounds, caliopes, carney games, wooden caravans, etc. you’ll be captivated!  Essentially this is a private collection and most of the year it functions as a rather unusual event center.  Occasionally groups can arrange guided visits (which is how I got to see the museum a year


Motorcycle Santas?

December 23rd, 2013

Hundreds of motorcycle-riding Santas? What???  Yes, leaving the theater the other night, approaching the Pont d’Alma, I had to wait for hundreds of motorcycles driven by santas to pass .  The picture s a bit fuzzy – they weren’t paying attention to the traffic lights! – but I love it anyway with the Eiffel Tower in the background!  One of those unexpected and startling treats in the City of Light! And here’s a YouTube video of what I assume to be the same group but


Bûche de Noël

December 19th, 2013

The bûche de Noël is the traditional Christmas dessert in many regions of France.  These days, all the well known pastry chefs and chocolate makers outdo themselves with elaborate versions – each year they bring out new creations!  But the traditional bûche has a closer resemblance to the yule log (linked originally to the winter solstice in ancient times) that it commemorates.  And many bakeries offer slices of their bûches so that even singles and couples can enjoy!  With so many fascinating designs and flavors