Thursday, May 24, 2012

The city of the light becomes even brighter

By Jacques Cousteau

The city of light becomes even brighter throughout Christmas in France. Paris, already a vibrant and brightly lit spot is additional bedecked with electric lamps to help Parisians get in to the Christmas spirit.

The trees along the Avenue des Champs Elyses are illuminated with bright lights, as are the Location Vendome, Avenue Montaigne, and a lavish Christmas tree outside the Notre Dame Cathedral. Department retailers throughout the city have their halls decked with boughs of holly and numerous other decorations.

Christmas in France is recognized for its markets, and Paris is no exception. Bringing the idea in from the individuals of northern Alsace - who, in turn, borrowed the idea from their immediate neighbours in Germany - the huge Paris Christmas industry stretches from the Champs Elyses under the Arc de Triomphe towards the Location de la Concorde - the entire length from the avenue. The stalls every sell numerous festive goodies, ranging from sweets and treats to a baffling array of decorations, last-minute presents to supplies for the primary Christmas meal.

The common Christmas meal in the French capital is pretty unlike any in the rest on the country. Far from favouring typical massive roasted bird, as is usually the situation - just like geese or turkeys - Parisians dine on oysters and pt de foie gras. Christmas in France is considerably diverse for the typical Americanised affair, using the primary meal from the festive season not becoming lunch, but a really late supper right after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

While Paris has historically been cold sufficient to allow people to skate on the Seine, ice rinks are now set up to enable a comparable expertise throughout the warmer winters. Amongst other places, one is placed at the foot of your Eiffel Tower - one particular from the most scenic and, through Christmas, best lit places with the city.

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