Friday, January 6, 2012

Scenes from Strasbourg and Paris

Today I thought I'd share the highlights from my trip to France. I'll keep the text sparse and mostly let the photos speak for themselves.

Strasbourg calls itself the Capitol of Christmas, and boy do they mean it. 
These people take Christmas fucking seriously.

The awesome cathedral in Strasbourg.

This picture is a little blurry, but it gives you some idea to what extent the streets in Strasbourg are decorated for Christmas. 
If you think the exterior decorations are elaborate, try going inside some of these places.

One of the canals in Strasbourg.

Once I got to Paris, I spent my first evening and night just wandering around looking at the Christmas lights and window displays along the Rue Saint-Honoré and the Champs-Elysées.

My hotel was just one block from the Place Vendôme, which made a great starting point for my walk.

Each different area seemed to have its own unique Christmas decorations.

The window displays at John Galliano were absolutely magical.

Christmas lighting along the Champs-Elysées.

 I can't remember which store this was displayed in, but I thought that the shearling jacket, sequin dress 
and suede fedora was such a great combination. I can totally see myself wearing this outfit.

Clearly this was after my first shopping day, and as you can see I didn't waste any time wearing the new leather vest. This outfit was perfect for the cold weather but wasn't too bulky to go shopping in. I added a scarf and gloves when I was outdoors, and brought along a hat, which I put on after the sun went down. Rather than wearing tights I wore my thick ponte knit pants under the dress.

 I just had to take a look at all the beautiful designer clothes at Au Primtemps. 
Item that broke my heart by being out of my budget: a gorgeous little bag from Zadig et Voltaire.

 A beautiful day up at Monmartre. 

A guy was playing Pachelbel's Canon on the harp outside the Sacré Cœur. 
One of those magical Parisian moments.

 Sunset at the Place de la Concorde.

 A view from the Tuileries Gardens.

 The perfect end to my last evening: a nighttime stroll around Notre-Dame.


dcresider said...

So jealous of your trip. Hope you had a fabulous time.

Megan G said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us. Sound like an amazing trip.

Susan B said...

Ah Paris, my Happy Place™. Now I want to visit in the winter. And Strasbourg looks magical too.

Eyeliah said...

ohhh, lovely time of year to visit. Happy New Year.

LPC said...

Sigh. Thank you Audi. Love the photos.

Kim said...

Beautiful! I was there (in Paris) a couple of years ago on kind of a soul refreshing trip at Christmas. What a beautiful time to go with all the decorations!

Vale ♥ said...

Gorgeous pics, so jealous of your amazing trip :) happy 2012 !
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ReaderRita said...

Stunning photos. I've suspected that I need to get outta Dodge for a while, and those pix just proved it.

While searching for a New Year's Eve/cross body bag, I ran across something rather fetching, but I ended up using a clutch I already had- but the cb bag I saw had a similar shape and "feel" to your much lusted after Zadig et Voltaire bag. (Minus the impeccable touches that make it Zadig et Voltaire, of course...) So just in case you're still pining and can live with the obvious differences, here's a link:

(I know there were others on that site as well, but I couldn't find them right away...)

Can't wait to hear more about your trip! I just checked my passport- it expires this year. I MUST correct that oversight, pronto.

ReaderRita said...

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Best wishes to you Audi, for a completely lovely 2012!

Sheila said...

That's lovely! I love seeing Paris in a different season. That brought back so many memories!

Cel said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing! I don't think I'll be visiting Paris any time soon, so I'll just visit vicariously through you ;) Too bad about that purse, it's so awesome!