Kicking in the X’mas Spirit at Champs Elysees
While DH was gone for the weekend, we decided to go on an adventure to visit the much-talked about Xmas lights at the world’s most beautiful avenue: the Champs Elysees. We alighted from the underground metro, jaws dropped, eyes wide open, big smiles on each of our faces! There were flickering lights all around us, bluish in tone; the smell of saucisson and hot apple cider filled the air, and the people — lots of them just buzzing about! Instant Christmas spirit in the air! And did I mention, shops and shops on both sides of the road selling specialties from various provinces of France! Wonderful wonderful feeling!
The highlight of our visit was the big snowflake of a ferris wheel. It was the most high-tech one I have ever seen in my entire life! Each “cabin” could fit 6 people comfortably. Upholstered seats, a switch to turn on a lamp, speakers to listen to a man (in French of course) pointing out the historical sites around you. Thank God the cabins were fully enclosed — otherwise at -2 degrees, we would have been ice sculptures by the time we reached the top! Here’s how it looked from a distance.
But the best shots to see are the close-up ones — so you can see what I mean by “high-tech!” Three men-in-black escorted the passengers into the cabins. And strangely enough, one cabin was even marked as “VIP” with its windows heavily tinted. Maybe that was the cabin that had the bar I was looking for … or maybe even some hot chocolate for the ride!
The downside of the evening? Freezing toes. I thought I would be the first person to suffer from frost bites in Paris! I found myself wishing I had just bought the same Ugg boots as my two kids — whose toes were all warm and toasty. Now I am convinced that I just need one of ’em — no matter how bulky or unflattering they look on a 40+Vat- aged-woman. The sheep fur on the inside, I read, helps to regulate your body temperature (you’re supposed to wear them without socks!). When I read this, I thought, “yeah — right” but after that evening on Champs Elysees — I was convinced, it just has to make it on my next To-Buy List!
By the time we went home, numb-toes and all, we had: survived 2 Toboggan rides, purchased fluffy warm slippers for my nanny and my son, won a toy from a “fishing game,” and sampled some warm apple cider.
Just enough to make the Christmas spirit kick in.
Oh, I should add that we spent the evening with Fenna, my DD’s good friend from our KK days, who came to visit for the weekend. My DD was just so touched by her visit — a sweet sweet reminder of their simple, lovely days.