Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas eve on the Champs Elysées.


Today I did my last Christmas shopping (yes, I know, I waited until the last minute!) and I ended up on the Champs Elysées. While I was there I thought of you, dear visitors. And took this very very touristy photo... But, hey, what the hell?! It's almost Christmas and even if I took a very similar one last year, it's still worth it! Come back here tomorrow for a more original, yet still seasonal photo...

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36 comments:

  1. Photos like this makes me want to visit Paris. Great shot. Merry christmas from Trondheim, Norway.

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  2. Definitely worth it! Another breathtaking shot of Paris at Christmas. I'm beginning to do my countdown till my feet hit Parisian soil once again.

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  3. Frankly, touristy photos are sometimes just the ticket! Thanks for all your posts.

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  4. Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!! I love it :-) Merry Xmas to me!

    Touristy, perhaps, but there is a reason why so many tourists end up on the Champs Elysees: many cities around the world do not have anything quite like it and it is most definitely ABSOLUTELY worth posting (to us, at least), so thank you Eric!!

    By the way, if any of you are planning to visit Paris and have a very limited amount of time, I would not recommend spending too much time on the Champs by foot, but focus more around the "center" of Paris and along the Seine (much more to see in a much more concentrated area) and maybe just drive through the Champs and the main avenues instead (unless, of course, you want to go on top of the Arc de Triomphe) because you get a nice overview by driving through these parts, I tink. Just my opinion, of course.

    Best wishes from San Francisco to all of you around the world who ended up on this blog, and to your friends and families.

    TF

    PS for Susan: best wishes to "all y'all " ;)

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  5. Sometimes we need touristy photos to remind us of the touristy trips we made to Paris! Wonderful. Merry Christmas Eric.

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  6. Never apologize for a tourist photo. I've been a tourist and don't mind at all. As a matter of fact, I loved being a tourist in the City of Light!! Wonderful shot!

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  7. oh eric, i feel your pain.
    i also did my last minute shopping at the toys r' us store in times square!!!!
    you barely have room to breathe. i imagine that you would appreciate a photo of times square at xmas as much as i appreciate your photo of the champ!
    the lights are trés belle.

    designer in new york

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  8. Thanks for sharing this for those of us who don't get to travel much. I appreciate it.

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  9. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww Eric...you're bringing tears to my eyes! First ND and now CE? I so so so so wanna be back there...OK! 2007! For my whirlwind European/UK gastronomical-running tour! LOL! ;-) xo

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  10. Lovely picture of the Champs Elysées, Eric. I did some last minute shopping too but it was easy. I bought boxes of chocolates so they can be given out to anyone.

    Merry Christmas!!

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  11. Joyeux Noel to Eric et "Toute la famille" at PDP!! It has been an eventful, beautiful year, and lot's of fun with people all over the world that have found each other thanks to their shared love of the most beautiful city in the world..."notre Paname..."!! Merci of course to our facilitator..Eric! May he have the best piece of the "Buche de Noel"...champignons and all!! ;-)

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  12. Hi y'all! From Tennessee!

    Just a lovely, lovely picture Eric. Are those people that are mingling with the cars? It looks like there are a ton of cars there (as usual) but also people walking amongst them! What was going on there?

    Tomate :)

    If it's not 1-8, I won't be staying there! Except the 5th...I won't stay there either ;) I was just telling a friend of mine that he needs to go to Paris as he was talking about going to NYC...I told him Paris is a better value (which I think it is...even with the weak dollar and the high airfare)...plus, it's like stepping back in time but with good food and transportation! Well, now I've done my bit for the French economy...LOL!

    Joyeux Noël All!

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  13. Stepping back in time architecturally.....(is what I meant)

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  14. Dear Eric,
    Joyeux Noel! And thank you for yesterday's and today's festive photos. I very much enjoyed each. The cold mist in this photo makes me wish for a scarf, gloves, and a warm coffee! Is that what you picked up for me while you were shopping? ;^) The light in yesterday's photo of ND was superb, and it does look so pale and beautiful after its long cleaning. Thank you for the fun of seeing your fair city everyday of the year. It's a real gift to us all!
    -Kim

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  15. This comment was almost impossible to get posted.

    We never feel like tourists when we are in Paris. We feel like discouverers of the unique, the lovely.
    We don't tour. We absorb beauty and culture. I guess it is all in the mind set.

    Merry Christmas to Eric and all.

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  16. salute à tutti...
    bon natale a toi et à tous les daily's et potos bloggeurs du monde entier...
    en attendant de te voir prochainement...

    pace è salute...

    Christophe...

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  17. It musn't be easy to take this shot in the night and in the middle of traffic jam!!!

    Stéphan

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  18. si je peux me permettre, je preferais celle de l'annee derniere ;) vivement l'annee prochaine !

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  19. Being a tourist in Paris is as lucky as being able to see Notre Dame everyday. So don't apologize! Thanks for the hotel tips everyone and Susan. I'll bet we passed by each other during our stay in Paris!!!
    I'll keep looking for tips and share the good ones with you all.
    Joyeux Noël!

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  20. Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas to you, Eric, and to all of your readers!

    And, of course, I know that you did well with your shopping on the Champs Elysées because “au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit, il y a tout c’que vous voulez, aux Champs Elysées.”

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  21. Well there is a reason that certain landmarks and sights become "touristy." It's because of their remarkable history and beauty that transcends time. A shot like this will always be beautiful to people, no matter how many tourists have done it! Well, as long as the shots are done by good photographers like yourself, eric! Merry Christmas! I expect a report on how magical everyone's day was in the next couple of days!

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  22. Thanks for the festive seasonal photos - beauty like that can never be repetetive...

    Joyous Christmas to you and all the DoPers!

    Peace on Earth
    Peace on Earth
    Peace on Earth

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  23. Bonsoir Eric, je viens de télécharger ton widget, j'espere que je pourrais avoir de tes photos du monde. Anyway je te souhaite d'excellentes fetes de fin d'année!!!

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  24. Merci, Eric. Merry Christmas from Maggie Valley, North Carolina!

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  25. Joyeux Noel and thank you for allowing me to go to Paris every day.

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  26. Merci! Love it! No complaints about the touristy photo - I just hope someday I'll be able to see the Champs during this time of year in person!
    Joyeux Noel from Napa Valley, CA.

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  27. Oh, my heart literally skipped a beat and I gasped for air! November 2005 was my first time in Paris and this "view" really got to me. I loved turning onto the Champs Elysees and seeing the Arc come into view, just getting larger with each step. I could only imagine what it would look like at Christmas time so thank you Eric for providing such a personal look. I did purchase a black and white photo of a shot similar to this at one of those toursity shops just so I could frame it and hang it up with my Christmas decorations and remember my awesome time in Paris. I really wanted to get back this year and do my Christmas shopping on the CE and ice skate in the Eiffel Tower (if they even did that again this year) but no such luck! Your posts are definately the next best thing!

    Merry Christmas Eric and thank you for the chance to see so much more of Paris than I could ever discover in a weeks time!

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  28. oh, yes, i was shopping on christmas eve as well. wow...looks like we weren't the only ones from thsi photo! hope you had a wonderful christmas!

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