Friday, December 10, 2010

Les Grands Magasins - Reflections



Oh my! This was our first stop after arriving in Paris...

Can you blame us? The windows of Printemps and Galaries Lafayette were calling....

and I caught the first snowflake on the tip of my tongue... what a moment!




For more reflections go to James' Newtown Area Photo.

35 comments:

Bibi said...

You don't waste any time, do you? :)

"All things French" said...

What a wonderful holiday ~ to be able to see the soft dusting of snowflakes and all those pretty Christmas lights - Magical!!
xx
Dianne

Shell Sherree said...

Catching a Paris snowflake on your tongue does sound like something special!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bibi -- I wanted to get there before the weekend crowds. With the cold and the snow it was not a problem!

Dianne -- Yes, that day there was a "dusting" of snow, but it was just the prelude of what was to come!

Shell -- "See snow in Paris" and "catch a Paris snowflake" were two things on my list.... √ check and √ check.

hollyb said...

Bonjour! We did well to go then, as when I returned on Wednesday with John it was VERY crowded! The "big" snow was wonderful - I will email you photos tonight, and I really missed having you there with me! Looking forward to returning again soon.....

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love those lights! I remember looking at them up close last year..oh the Christmas memories :)

Have a wonerful time

Virginia said...

Oh I just got chills thinking about it all. Nice shot, got that Metro sign just perfect! :)

Bienvenue Holly and John!
V

Cezar and Léia said...

oh Genie, how lucky you are!
I'm envious here! :)
Beautiful coloured lights!
Léia

Malyss said...

Paris, Christmas and lights make a fabulous cocktail!

James said...

It sounds like a beautiful moment. I really like this photo. I took three shots of almost the same spot but they were all blurry. :(

Samantha Vérant said...

Wonderful Christmas photo! Hi. ***waves from Toulouse*** I found you on Keith's blog!

Alexa said...

I can't blame you at all—but i CAN thank you for sharing! So, does a Parisian snowflake taste better than an ordinary old American one? :~}

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic, Genie! And, yes! Thanks for sharing the excitement, the fun! Marvelous reflection and what could taste better than a Parisian snowflake??? Enjoy your weekend! Stay warm!

Sylvia

cieldequimper said...

And you didn't make it to Versailles? Honestly... :-)I gather you had a great time with Laurent!

Lorac said...

Looks like you picked a perfect time to go. Lovely lights. Your header is goegeous too. How do the boaters get from their boat to the sidewalk? Do they cross each others boats I wonder?

TheChieftess said...

Delightful photo Genie!!! Glad you're having a marvelous time! For me, Christmas is sparkly and magical, and this shot has it all!!!

imaginationlane said...

Ah...Paris dressed up for Christmas...it doesn't get any better than that! Great shot...:)

Starman said...

Les magasins do lights very good.

'Tsuki said...

Shinny shot ! I like the happyness that those lights brings to us...

SoozNooz said...

No i cannot blame you --- wishing you a beautiful time x

The Armchair Parisian said...

Those windows are always a holiday treat! Good for you!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful. So colorful.

Randy said...

Wow that is festive looking. Hope you had a good time.

Dianne said...

beautiful lights!!
they make me smile

RuneE said...

I' love a metro like that :-)

Springman said...

Tell me, can one still shop in Paris?

o2 said...

I love this shot! Virginia is right : with the metro sign, it's perfect!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Holly -- So glad that you survived the snow storm and are home safely (to plan our next trip!)

Brittany -- The lights and decorations are abundant

Virginia -- I still am not sure how the Metro is so close to the awnings, but glad ;-)

Léia -- Oh, but you live in a Christmas wonderland too.

Malyss -- I drank as much of it as I could and walked my legs off trying to take it all in.

James -- Well, I have plenty of shots that hit the scrap heap also.

Samantha -- Merci!

Alexa -- I do not have the opportunity to taste many snowflakes but the one in Paris? Miam-miam!

Sylvia -- Merci et bon weekend à toi.

Ciel -- The trip was too short but I need to visit Versailles again... perhaps in the spring? It was great to meet Laurent face-to-face

Lorac -- I have lived on a coast for most of my life and had a sailboat moored in a tiny harbor. During bad weather others would squeeze into the protected harbor and walk across the regulars... all acceptable there but not sure about Paris.

Chieftess -- The lights and colors and activity make you feel like a child again.

Imagination -- The lights really bring life to the sometimes gray skies of Paris in winter.

Starman -- As do most of the small neighborhoods and little shops

'Tsuki -- Merci, mon amie.

Suzi -- Merci, and thinking of you

Armchair -- I saved some snowflakes for you...

Yogi -- Merci ♪♫

Randy -- It was fabulous and I hope that you are planning to get there...

Dianne -- Right about the time I took this shot I had a grin from ear to ear... looked totally like a tourist with a big camera...

Elisa said...

Oh, les grands magasins parisiens présentent toujours des beaux reflets :)

Rob said...

Lovely, I like the lights and elegant Metro sign!

DeLi said...

no i definitely cant blame you...lafayette and printemps are really working hard these days :D

enjoy your shopping♫

Nefertiti said...

bien dans l air du temps ;O)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, how we loved the windows of Printemps when my brother and I were little, living just outside of Paris. I remember one window of a ski scene with barbie dolls set up on the slopes wearing tiny parkas and pom-pom hats. I couldn't tear myself away from it!

Peace,
Gina

EG Wow said...

How FESTIVE!

Carletta said...

Now that is a sure sign you are someplace special! Those lights sure have a way of drawing you into the magic.
Lovely!