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We visited Paris many years ago in spring. But this time we wanted to see this great city at Christmastime with all the fascinating lights. So we spent a weekend there. Paris welcame us with sunny blue sky and very icy temperatures, but this doesn´t matter, because we wore our thick downy coats.

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We stayed near the Arc de Triomphe, and so this was also our first sightseeing stop. The view from up here is always great. Then we went along the Champs Elissee , through the Jardin des Tuileries and du Carrousel down to the Louvre. It was beautiful and by the way we could watch the very chic Parisian women. Most of them wore mink-coats. Paris is famous for its elegance.

Paris, Champs-Elysées - Click for large image ! Paris, Arc de Triomphe - Click for large image ! Paris, View from Arc de Triomphe - Click for large image !

 

Paris, Louvre - Click for large image ! Paris, Tuilerien garden - Click for large image ! Paris, Louvre - Click for large image !


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Of course, we went also to the two big department stores “ Galeries Lafayette” and “Au Printemps”,  to see especially the fantastic decorated Christmas shop- windows. But there were a lot of people and families in front of it and we saw almost nothing. So we went up to the roof terrace of Au Printemps. From there, we had a magnificent view over the city and up to the Basilica Sacre-Coer.

 Paris, Mall Au Printemps - Click for large image ! Blick zuur Basilique du Sacré-Cœur auf dem Butte Montmartre - Click for large image ! Paris, Mall Galeries Lafayette - Click for large image !

 

Our walk along the Seine let us almost forget that it was now December. Only the Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame and the ice skating place in front of the City Hall remembered us on winter. Because, the street cafes were open, artists and visitors were on the way, the sun shined bright, it was just beautiful and it seemed like springtime.

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 Paris, Hôtel de Ville - Click for large image ! Paris, Notre Dame - Click for large image ! Paris, Hôtel de Ville - Click for large image !


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About small streets through the Marais quarter we strolled to the “Center Georges Pompidou”. Alone this building itself is spectacular apart from its modern art exibitions inside. Very impressive is the Fontaine Stravinsky at the near too, now it was frozen and therefore much more abstract than usual.

 Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou - Click for large image ! Paris - Click for large image !

 

But the absolute highlight of our Paris weekend was the visit of the Eiffel Tower by night. This gigantic steel construction shined  and glittered in the dark and  it was  very wonderful. We went down from the Trocadero and we saw always the tower in front of us.

 Paris, Eiffelturm - Click for large image ! Paris, Eiffelturm - Click for large image !


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No matter what time you will travel to Paris, you can be sure, that it will be at any time a very good trip. We enjoyed our stay very much and we hope we can came again.

 

 

 

 

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