Thursday, 6 December 2012

jeudi de paris

Okay, its not 25 days to Christmas.  Its now down to 19 I think (panic panic!!) The girls were super excited when December arrived.  They were disappointed that our advent calandar is in an unidentified carton somewhere in storage.  So I made an easy countdown-to-Christmas calendar with whatever I had.  Behind the number is a little note where I've written the treat or the service they are to perform for the day.  This sadistic mother also planned a dentist's visit yesterday, strategically so you may say, to justify the lack of candy for the season.   

But to usher in the festive season on a more festive note, we went to the Marché de Noël on the Champs Elysées.  

It was a very cold morning, but the girls couldn't care less.  Candy floss (one little treat before the dental letdown), a super luge amongst other things, kept them well distracted.

I was about to compare this market to our Ramadhan markets back home, because offerings vary from food to scarves and toys and socks.  But then I thought some might take offence.  Because at this market, there is a whole lot of seriously non halal stuff.

To market, to market to buy a pig... or a wild boar...

An ice skating rink which we're not ready to try yet.  Which I'm not ready to try yet.

At the eastern end of the Champs Elysées is the Place de la Concorde, which is the largest square in the city.  In the centre of the square is a 3,300 year old Luxor Obelisk which was offered by the Ottoman viceroy of Egypt to France in 1829.  King Louis Philippe had it placed where a guillotine once stood during the Revolution.

I'm off now to make some crepes.  Because this sadistic mother has her moments.  Today's treat: a friend over to play after school and crepes for gouter (afternoon tea time snack which is a very critical part of the day for all French children)!  Hope you have a fun weekend getting ready for Christmas.  I confess its not my favourite time of the year, but I have friends coming to visit, and we may have a white Christmas, and its our first in France (probably not any less stressful...).

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