Paris Christmas 2016,and marché de Noël!!!

And I need to update this one, very nice we spent Christmas in Paris coming from our Morbihan and it was great of course. Not only seeing familiar places of having lived near and worked inside Paris but the season to be merrier everything looks better, feels nicer. We were in Paris and this is my update on  Paris Christmas 2016,and marché de Noël!!!

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Following my trips to some Christmas markets I could not be away from Paris even if now live 6 hrs away by car (not paying tolls). I used to worked in the city for 9 years before moving out west to the Morbihan Breton about 5 years ago. You can read more in my blog and do search on Paris and others .We love to travel and share experiences. Hope you enjoy this updated post on the most beautiful city in the world!

Paris is a small word but big word in meaning; awesome, unbelievable, amazing, a truly world city and why not the most beautiful city in the World. 32 millions people attest to this  every year since the WTO -UN decided to keep tabs of tourists visits back in 1949.

I took a car drive on the N12 getting to Versailles first (where I lived for 9 years while worked in Paris), and then got to Paris on the A13 getting by the Porte Dauphiné into Avenue Foch ,around the Arc de Triomphe (yes!!!) and into my parking garage at the Etoile-Wagram in avenue de Wagram. From there took the walks of Paris you all should take and not the metro/subway , better see the beauty above ground.

The Avenue des Champs Elysées was the first in Paris we went to outdoors,  and really honestly thought would never made it as it was almost empty ,but has grown to a really nice good Christmas market or Marché de Noël.  We walked down the Avenue des Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe all the way to the metro Roosevelt square rond-point des Champs-Elysées and into the Place de la Concorde and the big wheel or Grande Roué in front of the entrance to the jardin des Tuileries.

In between, there was a plethora of chalets, kiosks, bank ATM, rides and food stalls even full restaurants serving season’s fare and trinkets from as far away as Brazil. The ambiance was very nice and locals mingle with tourists alike in a wonderful holiday spirit. We love it!!

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We love the season and sharing it with the world is great way to spend good strong family time. Nothing better than the Christmas market at the avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.  The market will continue until January 8 2017, all from 12h to about 21h but we were there from 10h and many chalets were already open . You have about 180 chalets and two paying attractions, the Grande Roué or big wheel taking you 70 meters high (about 231 feet) and the ice skating or patinoire all of 1600 m2 or about 17,2 K ft2.

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By the Square Rond-point des Champs-Elysées, about 20 chalets will be dedicated to creators from fashion clothing to wood makers, glass blowers, jewelry makers and potters. Further, towards the Concorde you will see a village of artists coming from all the regions of France showcasing their creation. There will be a Food court or food village that will have from hot wine to pretzels (great we tried it) to many other goodies.  Organizers are expecting from the opening on November 11st to January 8 closing almost 16 million visitors will show up! I think they will surpass it.   Other than the wonderful food court do not miss the Thriller ride with spooky characters and if with kids the petit train at the gare de Paris,and the cerfs flying train; also the petting area or pony rides.

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All in all, the best Christmas market we have seen this year in France.  Other markets going on were held at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Gare de l’Est, Gare Saint Lazare, Abbesses-Montmartre, Eiffel on ice, mail de Branly(near pont d’Iena) , Pont de Suffren, around tour Montparnasse, quai Branly( Pont de l’Alma to Pont Bir Hakeim), and just outside Paris at La Défense. Over the years we have been to all of them and other than La Défense that started strong, the one at the Champs-Elysées has surpassed it as the best of all in our opinion. Will see how the new world order will handle these festivities in the future.

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For us it was sublime, wonderful family time which we will cherish for life.  Now looking forward to the New Year 2017 and wishing all my followers and readers the very best in 2017. Happy New Year, Bonne Année et meilleurs voeux 2017!!! And of course this year too ::)

The Paris tourist office on this year Christmas markethttp://: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris

Fully enjoy them wherever you are and can have it this year. Hope you enjoy the old post and brings back memories to you too. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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