Show Notes for Episode 132: At the Paris Christmas Market

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Place de la Concorde at Christmas time with the ferris wheel in the backgound
Fontaine des fleuves on the place de la Concorde, photo Annie Sargent

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.

 

Roasted Chestnuts vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Roasted chestnuts vendor, photo Annie Sargent

Even if you don’t like to eat roasted chestnuts, the smell is so nice!

Beret vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

How about a beret? They are popular in France, even with some younger men!

ham and saussage vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Basque specialties. See the red piment d’espelette ? This pepper is mild and has a pleasant flavor.

nougat vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Nougat is such a treat!

cold cuts vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

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).

Christmas ornament vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

How about a new Christmas decoration for your tree?

Christmas lights at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Paris puts on its Christmas lights.

colorful cheeses at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Colorful cheeses, but would you eat them?

Jewelry vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Silver jeweler getting back into his chalet after reorganizing his display.

Tartiflette vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Tartiflette of various kinds. Potato, cream and cheese. Yes, not a diet food either!

sit-down restaurant at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

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 vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Raclette cheese melting slowly before being poured into a baguette. The smell was absolutely to die for!

Champagne at Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Champagne bar at the Paris Christmas Market.

 

escargots and frog legs vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Calling all tourists! Here are the escargots de Bourgogne and frog’s legs! Why do I say these are for tourists? Because most French people don’t eat either one any time of year, and certainly NOT at Christmas!

oysters and white wine vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Oysters and a glass of wine. Definitely right up my alley!

bread vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Fancy breads. Check out the prices. Eeeeek!

aligot vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Aligot chalet, this man is funny!

Berlingot vendor at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Berlingots de Carpentras in all sorts of flavors. My favorite is lemon.

street magician at the Paris Christmas Market
Photo Annie Sargent

Street Magician in a fabulous feather coat.

santa climbing down a rope at the paris christmas market
Photo Annie Sargent

This Santa has unorthodox methods, but why not?

chocolate vendor at the paris christmas market
Photo Annie Sargent

Chocolate attack!

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