The Festive Season is in full swing in Paris even if the weather is more spring-like than winter and even if the Christmas Markets and the Department Stores are less crowded than usual due to 13 November attacks. Our city is so magical with its Christmas lights and shop windows that strolling in Paris streets at night at that time of the year is just a delight.
Top Ten Christmas lights and shop windows
Here is my Top ten of the most exceptional Christmas lights not to be missed in Paris:
1. The Avenue Montaigne, so beautiful and showing this year again the wonderful bottle of perfume ‘J’adore’ in front of Dior!
I like to have a walk in the Passages Couverts in Paris. Those galleries date from the beginning of the 19th century and were in a way the precursors to our modern shopping malls. Most of them have beautiful glass roofs and are true architectural gems. My favourite walk starts from the metro station Le Peletier and ends four metro stations further south on metro line 7 at Palais Royal. It enables to discover four of the main Passages Couverts, all different and each having a very special character. This walk is even more magic during Christmas time as the galleries are all decorated with tinsel and fairy lights. You can choose a rainy day as the galleries are covered; but keep your coat as they are not heated at all!
The Passage Verdeau: The place for old books and drawings
The Musée Rodin reopened on 12 November after a complete restoration over the past three years. This event makes the Parisian people and the tourists happy as the Musée Rodin is among the ten most visited museums in France. And one can easily understand why: the Hôtel Biron where the museum is located, its three-hectare park and the works of art (mainly sculpures of course) exhibited are all three just amazing… even more after the renovation!
About the Musée Rodin
The museum is located in the magnificent Hôtel Biron, a building from 18th century which is a true gem of classical architecture embellished with woodworks and rocaille decoration in some of the rooms.