• Line up of Nutcracker Toy Soldiers at Jardin des Tuileries Colleen's Paris
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Christmas Magic Begins at Jardin des Tuileries Market

    What greets you when you enter the Annual Christmas Market at the Tuileries Gardens?  Nutcracker Soldiers. And before the market opens? Where are they? Hidden, waiting to get out in the open. I noticed them while crossing the gardens on November 18. My eyes fell upon rows of black hats. The trove of Nutcracker Soldiers holding horns or standing at attention were lined up. Their expressive eyes were waiting for a magic moment. The magic moment I later learned was November 19, 2022, the opening day for the Magic of Christmas market (La Magie de Noël aux Tuileries). The Nutcracker Soldiers reminded me of the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s funerary…

  • A Snow day in Paris Snowman at the Louvre Carrousel
    Photography-Art,  Specific Info

    A Day in Paris When It Snowed

    One day last week the blackbirds (merles in French) were chirping away in a choral cacophony of song at at 5:30 am. I wondered if springtime was around the corner -- in mid-January! That springtime moment was short-lived. Thirty-two departments, including Paris and Ile-de-France, were placed under snow warnings. Saturday was going to be a snow day in Paris. Météo-France and our Echo-dot, Alexa, confirmed that the snow would begin by 11 am Saturday.

  • Leaves changing inside the Hotel Sully garden
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    A Paris Indian Summer

    It is warm, it is beautiful. Hard to stay inside and not enjoy the wildly bright colors. The annual glory of color shines inside the courtyard of Hotel Sully, the Marais, when the leaves are changing. Take a visit through the Paris Indian Summer video to see more of Hôtel de Béthune-Sully in the Marais, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes and the “Serres” (greenhouses). Hotel Sully is undergoing renovations and will open to the public in the future. This building is “in the heart of the Marais, one of the finest Louis XIII buildings in Paris and the residence of the family of Maximillien de Béthune, Duke of Sully,…