At the Paris Christmas Market, Episode 132

The Paris Christmas Market on the Champs Elysées

At the Paris Christmas Market

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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!


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Place de la Concorde

I started my visit from Place de la Concorde and walked up the Champs Élysées.

At the Paris Christmas Market
Fontaine des fleuves on the Place de la Concorde

It is possible the fountain was turned off because it froze every night in Paris while I was visiting.

At the Paris Christmas MarketEven if you don’t like to eat roasted chestnuts, the smell is so nice!

The Christmas Market in ParisNutella everywhere, and now they are adding banana. Once they find out about Nutella and peanut butter, we’ll all be doomed!

At the Paris Christmas MarketHow about a béret ? Those are still popular in France, even with younger men.

At the Paris Christmas MarketBasque specialties. See the red piment d’espelette ? This pepper is mild and has a pleasant flavor.

At the Paris Christmas MarketNougat is such a treat!

At the Paris Christmas MarketIf 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).

At the Paris Christmas MarketHow about a new Christmas decoration for your tree?

At the Paris Christmas MarketParis puts on its Christmas lights.

At the Paris Christmas MarketColorful cheeses, but would you eat them?

At the Paris Christmas MarketSilver jeweler getting back into his chalet after reorganizing his display.

At the Paris Christmas MarketTartiflette of various kinds. Potato, cream and cheese. Yes, not a diet food either!

img_8388 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.

At the Paris Christmas MarketRaclette cheese melting slowly before being poured into a baguette. The smell was absolutely to die for!

At the Paris Christmas MarketChampagne bar at the Paris Christmas Market.

At the Paris Christmas MarketEscargots de Bourgogne and frog’s legs.

At the Paris Christmas MarketOysters and a glass of wine. Definitely right up my alley!

img_8403Fancy breads. Check out the price. Eeeeek!

At the Paris Christmas MarketAligot chalet, this man is funny!

At the Paris Christmas MarketBerlingots de Carpentras in all sorts of flavors. My favorite is lemon.

SAt the Paris Christmas MarketStreet Magician in a fabulous feather coat.

At the Paris Christmas MarketThis Santa has unorthodox methods, but why not?

At the Paris Christmas MarketChocolate attack!

At the Paris Christmas MarketIf you happen to be in Paris the first Sunday of December, you’ll be able to enjoy the Champs Elysées without any cars!

At the Paris Christmas MarketYou can barely seen the Ferris Wheel from the top of the Champs Elysées.

Conclusion

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!

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