Christmas markets have become a staple of French life, and some of them have become extremely well-known. Annie takes you along on her stroll of one such popular Christmas Market, on Champs Elysées in Paris, on a chilly Sunday night in December. As you will hear in the recording, the atmosphere is festive and visitors are enthralled by the food offerings!
I started my visit from Place de la Concorde and walked up the Champs Élysées.
It is possible the fountain was turned off because it froze every night in Paris while I was visiting.
Even if you don’t like to eat roasted chestnuts, the smell is so nice!
Nutella everywhere, and now they are adding banana. Once they find out about Nutella and peanut butter, we’ll all be doomed!
How about a béret ? Those are still popular in France, even with younger men.
Basque specialties. See the red piment d’espelette ? This pepper is mild and has a pleasant flavor.
Nougat is such a treat!
If you’re going to be blowing your diet, you might as well have some “saucisson”. There are endless variations on the saucisson, made with different meats (wild bore, duck, beef, pork) and with different add-on (nuts, blue cheese, raisins).
How about a new Christmas decoration for your tree?
Paris puts on its Christmas lights.
Colorful cheeses, but would you eat them?
Silver jeweler getting back into his chalet after reorganizing his display.
Tartiflette of various kinds. Potato, cream and cheese. Yes, not a diet food either!
Sit-down restaurant at the Paris Christmas Market. Most people eat while walking around which is not normally done in France, EXCEPT at the Christmas Market.
Raclette cheese melting slowly before being poured into a baguette. The smell was absolutely to die for!
Champagne bar at the Paris Christmas Market.
Escargots de Bourgogne and frog’s legs.
Oysters and a glass of wine. Definitely right up my alley!
Fancy breads. Check out the price. Eeeeek!
Aligot chalet, this man is funny!
Berlingots de Carpentras in all sorts of flavors. My favorite is lemon.
SStreet Magician in a fabulous feather coat.
This Santa has unorthodox methods, but why not?
If you happen to be in Paris the first Sunday of December, you’ll be able to enjoy the Champs Elysées without any cars!
You can barely seen the Ferris Wheel from the top of the Champs Elysées.
Go to Paris in December! It’s a lovely time of year. Make sure you pack a warm coat, a hat, some gloves and warm shoes, and take lots of coffee breaks. Once you’ve tried all these wonderful foods, you’ll be glad for all the walking necessary in Paris!