Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rue Cler -- an array of trees



Paris streets are full of les sapins de noël... in the street markets such as this one on Rue Cler, à la marché alimentaire, and in front of the many florist shops.


As we took a moment to look at these petite trees, some actually resembling a "Charlie Brown Christmas tree," we marveled at the "stands" made of half-logs drilled with a hole to fit the trunk of the tree.
This smaller version of a tree seems to work quite nicely for the Parisians selecting le sapin de noël for the family.

15 comments:

Bibi said...

I've gotten to the point where I just use pine branches....but I will not be in Belgrade this Christmas, but rather India, so it may be palm fronds for me!

Malyss said...

Time for little forets to grow everywhere in cities.. Here, the xmas trees market is along the sea and the beach! I'll show you that in some days, it a bit strange!:)

My Castle in Spain said...

the half log stand is great ! i think this year, we will use olive tree branches again for our little sapin de Noël....
Have a lovely day Genie...
xo
Lala

"All things French" said...

That's a great idea using the half-logs as stands. Rue Cler is my stamping ground we stayed just around the corner on our last visit and just loved this foodie street.
xx
Dianne

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

We saw many of these gorgeous sapines throughout Paris last year. In fact, my friend is there currently and has sighted a few too! I wish I was there with her; then I could finally meet all you lovely Parisian bloggers :)

By the way, I love the sound of your Christmas cookie collection tradition. Sounds like absolute joy.

Picturit said...

Ah Xmas will soon be here my tree is up and decorated and we have major snow in the UK WHITE XMAS I hope.

Virginia said...

I love the little log stands, so much cuter than ours! Now how on earth do they get them home? I guess they opt for the small ones instead of the enormous ones we all have to have here. The small ones, they must buy close to their homes and I guess are able to get up windy stairways. I wish I had one of these. So much easier to decorate and light!

Bon voyage to you and Holly. I'll be waiting for an email.Dying to hear about "our" apt!!!!

Birdman said...

It is that TIME of year.

Alexa said...

Oh, these little French trees are so mignon! Hope you see some more while you're there—and don't freeze tes fesses. :~}
(My WV is "pigspa"—apropos of nothing, just funny.)

Bergson said...

il fait tellement froid qu'on protège le nez des sapins

Loree said...

Oh how cute and perfect those trees are. Everything about Paris is so chic.

The Armchair Parisian said...

And you'd be hard pressed to find trees that small around here in the states. Maybe in big cities where apartments are small, but where I live, every year I go ion search of one of these small sapins, to no avail. Hmmmm...maybe I need to spend Christmas in Paris....

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

TO ALL -- I am on my way to Paris and have read all of your comments.

Tune in tomorrow to see "how they get those little trees home" ...

Virginia, I anticipated your question. Armchair, come on with us!

I will be blogging from Paris but not commenting on your blogs as frequently. I will catch up on all when I return!

Bises!
Genie

Randy said...

Those are my favorite trees. I can't remember that last time I had a Christmas tree. I have a cat who thinks she's a beaver when it comes to Christmas trees.

Starman said...

I saw a "Charley Brown" tree being carried home in Paris. Of course, since most apartments in Paris are about the size of a postage stamp, they only have room for the tiny trees.