Paris is one of those cities that transforms by night so that it is almost unrecognizable once the sun goes down. It takes on an ethereal beauty that is magnified by the magnificent grandeur of its architecture silouhetted against a dark night sky and illuminated by thousands of lights. At Christmas, this magical nighttime playground comes even more alive and its beauty is amplified by all the stunning installations and lights. What is interesting in Paris is that no two areas are decorated the same way. Here and here you can see some of the previous Christmas photos I had taken at the famous department store Galeries Lafayette and at the Champs Elysee.
This past weekend, we found ourselves at the 1er arrondisement and at La Place Vendôme. Let me first warn any visitors or fellow expats that this is a place to be avoided on a Sunday evening unless your wish is to enjoy the shop windows toute seule. It is absolutely deserted and everything is closed including pretty much all food establishments. We tirelessley walked from one Trip Advisor restaurant recommendation to another only to be met with dark windows and locked doors. But the christmas lights were so worth it!
The light installations around La Place Vendôme are an interesting modern take on what I assume are snowflakes. These have been met with mixed emotions. There is the group that feels this is too avant-garde and ugly to bedeck this traditional holiday season and the group that stares wondrously and in awe. Needless to say, I proudly sit in the 2nd group. They are a site to behold with their imposing size and their beautiful understated simplicity that stretches across the whole square.
What do you think?