As silly as it may sound, I never knew that the Christmas markets along the Champs-Elysées existed until this holiday season. Whenever someone talked about them, I always thought it was in reference to the clustered stalls at La Défense (which really do exist). Anyway, I read about the commencement of the said Christmas markets on Secrets of Paris (where it is referred to as Marché de Noël), but I couldn’t fathom as to how vendors would line themselves along the sidewalks amidst the numerous boutiques.
Turns out that these Christmas markets are not really too specific, and can be in reference to the several markets that are found all over the city during the holidays. To continue with my little anecdote, I came across the Champs-Elysées markets when I was heading on over to the Marguerite de Valois boutique to visit friends this past week. The stalls stood side by side lining the previously emptied space, beginning at the Grand Palais and ending at where the boutiques were. It’s more so the festive air that captures me, as opposed to what is being sold, what with cotton candy spun, canelés baked, and vin chaud served. And when the sun sets, which is pretty darn early here, the blue lights on the trees are lit, and that image of Paris that everyone seems to have is evoked.
Perhaps, I could better illustrate had I brought my camera along, but I can never seem to remember to do so and wind up relying on that “fabulous” camera that my BlackBerry has.