• Friday, November 20, a week after the Paris attacks. The Eiffel Tower is specially lit in red, white and blue until November 25
    Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France,  Photography-Art

    Paris Scenes – A Rainy November Night

    A week after the Paris attacks I went out to see if anyone else was out. Along the Champs-Elysées the cars were moving along as usual, the Ferris wheel was turning. They switched on the lights along the avenue a day later than planned. Not many wandered the the Village de Noël Christmas market lanes and sidewalks. Walking toward the Seine, Dior along the Avenue Montaigne had the most spectacular decoration among illuminated trees. Catching the bus from Alma-Marceau to Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower ...

  • Children Christmas window Printemps
    Christmas,  Practical Info

    Activities With Kids In Paris At Christmas

    Have Fun for a Couple of Days with Kids at Christmas Traveling with four children at Christmas sounds challenging. One of my readers is doing that. So I offered the following suggestions. If you, my readers, have additional information, please share it with me and I will pass it on. First, visit my Colleen’s Paris Web site for a list of activities available all year round. Depending on the ages, the marionettes/guignols/puppets are sometimes in heated halls. Check the Web site for l’Officiel des spectacles and click on “enfants” for the latest activities. Use Google Translate for their Web site. Buy their weekly, small format magazine for 35 cents. I…

  • Paris snow December 9, 2010, Genie of liberty, Bastille
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    December Snow Storm In Paris

    Paris was paralyzed on December 9, 2010. Small trucks at Place Pigalle were spinning their tires. Men had to get out and push them through the stop lights. The roads were full of ice. The buses could not move because the cars could not move. The city was falling apart! The finger pointing started almost immediately. The debates were in full swing on radio and television whether or not Metéo France had given sufficient warnings (they had)! Television weather people were interviewed about their presentations. Aeroports de Paris (ADP) had to refute the claim of unpreparedness. Ile-de-France was being attacked by giant snow flakes! The snow arrived during late morning…

  • Christmas decorations at Tissus Reine
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    Cute Christmas Decorations In Montmartre

    Tissus Reine 5 Place St Pierre 75018 Paris, France Metro: Abbesses, Anvers Bus: Montmartre bus Open Monday: 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:45 to 7 p.m. Facebook © 2010 Colleensparis.com Your HOTEL and APARTMENT RESERVATION is a contribution to maintenance costs of my Web site. Using GOOGLE helps, too. THANKS!

  • Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde in Christmas holidays Champs Elysees
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    Champs-Elysées Lights Up for Christmas

    The plans for the actress Melanié Laurent to light up the Champs-Elysées at 6 p.m., November 22, 2010, was on “French Time”. They threw the switch at 6:20 p.m. After rushing out of the metro stop, Clemenceau, thinking that I had missed it all, in a blink of an eye, the dark trees began dripping their energy-efficient drops of light through the leaves. The lights cost about one million euros and are financed by the merchants, commercial sponsors and the city of Paris. The city, having its own financial difficulties, reduced its share this year. The Holiday lights on the Champs-Elysées are lighting the 2.2 kilometer avenue and 415 trees.…