Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Christmas (tree) aftermath

March 8th, 2016

Christmas 2015 is long since over but thinking of Christmas in Paris this year?   If you celebrate with a live tree what to do with your dead Christmas tree in Paris?  Certainly don’t leave it on the sidewalk in front of your building (it creates a real headache for the garbage collectors plus there’s a 65 euro fine).  But happily the city sets up collection points around Paris for tree disposal.  It’s been fun to watch the parade of trees to the one near me –


Merry-go-rounds are everywhere in Paris!

December 21st, 2015

As the end-of-year holidays approach merry-go-rounds sprout like weeds all over Paris (well, all over France really).  While you can always find a few that operate all year round, in early December they start to sprout everywhere!  And this year, to make sure that all children can have the opportunity to enjoy them, certain ones all over the city will be free until January 3rd.  Details on where to find them at The photos below were taken a couple of years ago of the merry-go-round


Santa Claus On Motorcycles

December 19th, 2015

I love the unexpected!  Leaving a theatre the other night I ran into a motorcycle ride around Paris – thousands of Santa Clauses (well here they’re Saint Nicolas) on motorcycles, roaring down the boulevards of Paris!  Great atmosphere, great fun but boy was it loud.  And heaven help you if you wanted to cross the street!  It’s an annual charity event by the fire brigades.  Final destination – the Eiffel Tower where they distribute gifts to orphans that they help support.  Next year, if you’re


Chinese New Year – Part 2

February 6th, 2014

The big Chinese New Year parade is yet to come as celebrations continue in Paris!  After those of the 3rd and 4th, 11th and 19th arrondissements, now it’s the 13th arrondissement’s turn this Sunday, February 9th.  Recognized by many as the Chinese neighborhood in Paris, this parade draws thousands with its costumed dancers, dragons, firecrackers and more.  Starts at 1:00 pm from 44 avenue d’Ivry.  You can find a map of the parade route here.  Street theatre at it’s best!  Easy access from metro line


Chinese New Year in Paris

January 27th, 2014

Celebrations are starting early with Nuit de Chine in the Nef of the Grand Palais tonight (organized to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between France and China)!  While the first part of the event is by invitation only (unless you’re one of the lucky few you’ll miss the concert by Lang Lang) the second part, starting at 9 pm, is free and open to all.  On the program for the 2nd part of the evening is an equestrian show by Bartabas, a piano recital


Winter Sale Time!

January 13th, 2014

These days there are sale days here and there throughout the year in France but the big events are still the twice yearly sales (January and July), with dates set by the government.   The big winter sale started in Paris on January 8 and run until February 11.  Virtually all retail stores (but especially clothing – in all price ranges) will have serious markdowns.  If you’re starting your sale shopping now you’ve missed the first crazy week.  But don’t despair – there are still


Epiphany – Galette des Rois

January 7th, 2014

The French celebrate the Epiphany (which commemorates the date when the Magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus) with this wonderful cake – the galette des rois (or king’s cake).   While almond paste filling encased in puff pastry is the tradition in much of France, in the south it’s a circular brioche cake decorated with dried fruit.   You can even find other regional variations.  And these days you can find the traditional galettes with alternate fillings – apple & chocolate, pistachio or hazelnut!


Ice Skating in Paris

January 2nd, 2014

Paris!  What a backdrop for ice skating!  Skating in front of the Hotel de Ville?  Or at Trocadero with a view of the Eiffel Tower?  Or along the Champs-Elysées?  There’s still time!  Though the rinks at Trocadero and the Champs-Elysées are open only until January 5th, the one in front of the Hotel de Ville will be open until March 2.  Skates available for rent (with ID). Hotel de Ville, Monday – Friday: noon – 10 pm, Saturdays/Sundays: 9 am – 10 pm.  Until March


Salon d’agriculture – a state fair in Paris!

February 25th, 2013

This week Paris hosts the annual salon d’agriculture (until March 3 at the Porte de Versailles, metro line 12 Porte de Versailles) featuring French breeds of cows, pigs, horses, etc. (you get the idea!).  It’s like visiting the animal barns at your state fair – but in French!).  Plus, wine, cheese and other food tastings.  And, though you probably won’t be there for his visit, the French president always makes an appearance! 9 am – 7 pm daily (Friday March 1 until 9 pm).  13


Carnival in Paris

February 11th, 2013

When people think of Carnival (carnaval in French) or Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday) they usually think of New Orleans or Rio.  But carnival is celebrated in many other cities of the world, Paris and Nice among them.  So if you’re traveling to France during February you might just have the change to see this celebrated. Paris celebrated yesterday, February 10th, with a parade, marionettes and other events so you’ve missed it for this year.  But if you’re planning to travel to France in February 2014

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