Paris Spring and Shopping in January

Tour Jeans sans Peur details of ceiling in stairwell

Tour Jeans sans Peur details of ceiling in stairwell

The full moon is scheduled for January 19 in case you are out and about for a stroll.

Spring must be on the way!
Today, a television reporter spoke of the acacia plants and flowers with the yellow puffy mimosas. The ones you usually sees months before the other flowers to lift your gray spirits and anticipate Spring.

He was reporting from Rungis in south Paris. Rungis took the place of Les Halles when it closed in the 1970s.

Did you know that “…there are over 1200 species of mimosas in the world. The majority are native to Australia. The mimosa was introduced along the Côte d’Azur around 1850.” —Philippe Collignon, Telematin

Shopping and Discounts
The sales this year begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. Soldes translates to sales.

Soldes by Paris is a Paris Tourist Office Web site devoted strictly to shopping. One of the pages offers shopping deals and miscellaneous discounts. Look also for the a shopping book and other free Paris guides at the different Paris Tourist Office Pyramides:

* walking tours (“Paris for You!”),
* a hundred ways to visit Paris (“Visiting Paris”),
* information on Open Spaces–gardens, parks, forests, rambling paths, entertainment, transport information, culture, etc. (“Paris map”),
* a good food guide (“Paris Gourmand”)
* a shopping guide to Paris (“Paris Shopping Book”).

As an example of a Soldes by Paris miscellaneous discount, check out the limited 50% discount offer on Bateaux Parisians (if you have jet lag, this is perfect you have to be there before 11 a.m.).

Click on their link for “Festive District“. Acrobat Reader (.pdf format) opens up with a list of special events from local retailers between January 12 and 16, 2011. The list includes exhibitions, guided visits, musical entertainment, free trip in a little tourist train, etc.

Shopping is a good way to find the back streets of Paris. Visit “Shopping District Events” and find five pages of good deals from participating merchants (large and small): discounts and gift with purchase.

Romance for Valentine’s Day
I will be in Barcelona for the Valentine’s Day weekend, but if you are traveling to Paris, for your February visit, the Paris tourist office has Romantic Paris tips for “Romantic walks, marvelous restaurants, evenings for two, unforgettable moments to cherish forever…”, including places to kiss.

Do you only have one day in Paris? If so, the tourist office has laid out your perfect parcours romance itinerary between 10 a.m. and 7:30  p.m. Other itineraries are available for your weekend, one week stay, and an unforgettable day during your weekend stay.

Pick up a free postcard from the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, 25 rue des Pyramides (75001) between February 10 and 20, 2011. Visitors and Parisians will be given a gift and discounts for the Occitane shops and the chocolate maker (chocolatier) and baker (pâtissier) Pierre Hermé, and the chocolate maker Pierre Marcolini.

France Television
French television shows are available for a week free on line. I am unsure if you will be able to watch them from the States (PLEASE LET ME KNOW! My television/internet server blocks US television shows.)

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