The cold ushers in a new Paris. You start to see more people in fur coats and scarves and gloves that cost more than cars. Decorations start to go up—even McDonalds gets decked out in a waterfall of colorful lights. Off-brand Christmas music seems to be playing everywhere.
Last Saturday, I had one of the best meals of my stay at Soon, a Korean restaurant in Paris. [I constantly crave Korean food.] It was small, cozy, and we got 40% off of our delicious meal.
Afterwards, my friends and I took a stroll through the Paris Christmas Market. Located on the Champs Elysées, it’s basically just wintery snacks, trinkets, and marvels on both sides of the street, all condensed into brightly colored, festive little tents and booths. Of course, I had to stop for some piping hot roasted chestnuts. [marrons chauds]
There’s a lot going on at the Christmas market, and it’s definitely very much catered towards tourists, but the booths are so charming that it’s hard to resist, even when you’re being dragged along by the tide of the crowd. We managed to pull over right by this little candy booth with its massive array of chocolates.
I guess the next photo speaks for itself. Yes, I am weak. However, this meringue [?] filled hazelnut chocolate was excellent and well worth the few coins it cost!
Since we were pretty much getting into the full swing of things, we found a place that sells hot apple cider and each got a cup to warm ourself up with.
Since the Pont Alexandre III happened to be right down the road, we headed over to the banks of the Seine and enjoyed the last of the sun’s warm rays with the rest of the chestnuts and cider.
Sunlight, good food, good friends, and good conversation—well, it just doesn’t get much better than that.