A Photo Journey as Paris Sparkles for the Holidays

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A Photo Journey as Paris Sparkles for the Holidays
“Paris is always a good idea,” so the Audrey Hepburn quote goes. And if you experience the sparkling streets and festive store windows of the holiday season (as an on-the-street flâneur or as a virtual traveler), you will agree that Paris is especially magical at this time of year.  The Champs Elysées in golden splendor. © Meredith Mullins A little bit of cold and rain did not dampen the 2023 spirit of Noël. From dancing baguettes and exuberant vegetables at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche to cuddly forest creatures celebrating with their ceramic pots and elegant purses in the windows of the Bazar de Hôtel de Ville to the calming pastels of intricate paper art at Printemps Haussmann to the wild feast of color in a highly designed dream world at Galeries Lafayette—the department stores and quartiers have once again outdone themselves.  The sparkle of the Grands Magasins. © Meredith Mullins The pop-up Christmas markets, the carnival in the Jardin des Tuileries, and the enchanted woods on the parvis of the Hôtel de Ville add to the festivities. Joyeux Noêl!  The Enchanted Forest at the Hôtel de Ville. © Meredith Mullins
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Lead photo credit : © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at www.meredithmullins.artspan.com or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.

Comments

  • john
    2023-12-22 02:59:59
    john
    Beautiful pictures of Paris . wish I could be there.

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    •  Meredith Mullins
      2023-12-29 04:07:01
      Meredith Mullins
      Je suis d'accord. The holiday season is truly magical in Paris. But the treasures can be enjoyed even at a distance. Happy New Year. Meredith

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  • Dean Cundey
    2023-12-21 07:51:59
    Dean Cundey
    Your photos and descriptions make me sad…SAD THAT I AM NOT THERE TO EXPERIENCE A PARIS CHRISTMAS!! Next year for sure!

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    •  Meredith Mullins
      2023-12-29 04:08:51
      Meredith Mullins
      Bonjour Dean, The good news is that each year of holiday decorations get more and more creative. A la procaine ... Meredith

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