Sunday, December 28, 2008

Champs Elysées at Christmas


I'm just back from the movies (an excellent French thriller called Secret Defense - see trailer here) and I exceptionally went to a theater on the Champs Elysées. There was the photo I was going to post tonight: The Christmas lights! You probably saw this many times already on this blog, but hey, it's my photo of the day! Not to mention that it's really cold in Paris at the moment believe me, so I don't really feel like wandering everywhere ;)

37 comments:

  1. Well, it's the first time I've seen it and I am bedazzled by the beauty.

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  2. The dull, uncomfortable, gray weather poses a challenge here as well, but this certainly brightens the mood!

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  3. You could post it again tomorrow and it would still be just as lovely. Thanks for sharing your photos with all of us! I've only been to Paris once and I can't wait to get back.

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  4. It's simply glorious. Hope you and your had a wonderful Christmas. We have had our usual wet and windy one.

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  5. And what better place to wander than Champs Elysées at Christmas time!

    I'm happy to say I've been doing some shopping at Zazzle today and decided to by one item with the blue Eiffel Tower in it. Since we won't be seeing it anymore, now I have something to remember the iron lady in blue by!

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  6. Really cold? How cold? It's 5F in my world. Great photo.

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  7. Another beautiful holiday photo - even the brake lights on the cars look Christmasy!

    Thanks, Eric, and a belated Joyeux Noel a tous.

    Barbscoot

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  8. Je suis éblouie by the sheer beauty of it all! Thanks for stopping in the middle of the street to take this photo for us, Eric.
    The last movie I saw on the Champs-Elysées was Bonnie and Clyde, in 1967! (For some reason, all of a sudden I feel really old.)
    What's the temp in Paris? Here in NYC, it's very warm.

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  9. Beautiful shot, Eric. Very Christmasy. I love how the flags show up under the Arc.

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  10. Wow, Paris really goes all-out! It's dazzling. Eric, I've never seen the Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysee. Thank you.

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  11. Merci Eric, for posting the champs elysees christmas lights photo. also can i possibly ask if you would know when (exact dates) the supposed "secret" hermes sale at the palais de congres is going to be this january?

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  12. I was fortunate enough to walk that same street just three days ago (Christmas day). There weren't nearly as many cars on the road, and i was really nice and clear, though rather cold.

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  13. How cold? Precisely 0° on my bed side table thermometer this morning at 8 (I then decided to stay in bed until 11!!). Now 0,6 ° (So roughly 32/33 F

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  14. Thats so Xmassy! I cant believe Xmas is already gone.
    Its cold in Oslø too, as you imagine...more like minus 10.

    Une petite laine s impose ;)

    (Sorry for the accents and everything, norwegian keyboard...)

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  15. Pretty sight, almost looks surreal against the monument.

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  16. Oh what a beautiful shot Eric. So glad you decided to go all the way to the Champs Elysees just to see a movie. Must have been good!

    Here, the snow has turned to rain and it has become the Seattle I know best. We went to a movie too - Doubt - which I can say with certainty was very good!

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  17. Magnificent, I wish I was there...

    Branka from Canada

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  18. Ahhh....but I love this photo. There is a webcam focused on Champs Elysees that I visit every now and then just to see the lights.

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  19. Let me see if I can give you a visual, too. Notice, on the left hand side above one of the trees, there are two long lines sticking up. There's a wonderful feature that makes it look like all the trees are dripping blue light because, apart from the tiny, twinkly blue lights, they also have long light sticks that start dark and then turn blue from top to bottom before they go dark again. Its magical! (The long lines must be light sticks that got blown up by the wind - because all the trees are the same height.)

    Katie - I'll meet you anytime you're down here. A girl can daydream (tho, I'm in for keeps where I'm at - too much invested)!

    Petrea - anything, anything but that!!! : )

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  20. Carrie & Katie: tours for English speakers, taking them to obscure places you've discovered that they never would have known about. I'll buy.

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  21. Can't go wrong with the Champs and L'Arc framed by all the cool lights at night. Hope you weren't stuck in traffic, Eric...it does look like many were out and about. Stay warm.

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  22. Very nice photos. I'm very impressed since I consider urban photos as the most difficult ones.

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  23. It's cold over in Blighty too, Eric. Time to snuggle up. ;) not...that I'm suggesting ... erm. Er.

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  24. There is something about Paris and about New Year and these lights that all together make me feel so good, thank you, Eric.

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  25. Beautiful! L'Arc looks so imposing, doesn't she?

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  26. Toujours des embouteillages aux Champs! :)

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  27. This photo brings back fine memories of last January when my belle-soeur and I went to the top of the Arc on a blustery, rainy night and took pictures of the Champs Elysees. The glistening of the rain-blurred head- and tail-lights of the cars and the lighting on the trees created swathes of blue-white-red-blue along the whole length of the avenue that made us think of the French flag. Altogether awesome.
    Lee I.

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  28. Christmas in Paris photos are appreciated ANY time of year. :D

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  29. Gorgeous! I love the lights and can anything make the Arc de Triomphe look bad??

    Great photo, Eric, and I hope you stay warm. We only have about 4 more months of cold before we can start to think of spring.

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  30. This is one of my favorite shots that you've posted recently! Thanks again for this blog - it keeps my heart singing for Paris!

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