The 24th was gorgeous here – bright and sunny, mild. I had a bunch of grocery shopping to do, so I made my way to the nearby Saturday market. It was bustling and festive and I loved every moment. I made my way through the different boothes – purchasing delicious looking cheese, some beautiful scallops, lovely saucisson, beautiful produce. Everyone was cheerful and shouting out “Bonne fete!” and “Joyeux Noel” – it was lovely.
Once I was done with my marketing, Scotty and I decided to head over to the large Christmas Marché at La Defense. We’d heard a lot about it and had never actually been to that part of town, so we hopped on the 1 Line and rode it until the end.
What a change – the Defense area is the commercial center of Paris – it’s new and shiny. So different from the old, quaint, charm that we usually associate with Paris.
The market was great. Cute little huts, lots of interesting things – it reminded me of Edinburgh.
And we were not entirely surprised to see this group of musicians providing a lovely musical backdrop.
In our travels, we have have encountered two common factors in almost every city we visit. The first, is brides. Women, usually from Asia, with their husbands, wearing their wedding dresses and having their photos taken in front of famous monuments. It happens everywhere: Florence, Rome, Milan, Paris, St. Petersburg, London, etc. And the second, is groups of musicians of Native American descent. Whether they’re from South America – like the group above, or North America, there always seems to be a Native American Indian band, playing wood wind instruments.
Anyway, back to La Defense. After wandering the market for a little while, we decided to head to the Esplanade. There were some really spectacular buildings and the view back towards the L’Arc de Triumphe was beautiful. We also got to try out the “panorama” setting on our camera!
At this point, we needed to head back home. When we got off at our stop, night had fully fallen and everything was so beautifully lit. I know we’ve taken pictures of these views a million times but I just can’t get enough. Plus, we’re moving in a week, so these are our last chances to document our time in this neighborhood.
From here, we made our way home to cook some dinner and bundle up for midnight mass at Notre Dame!