In Paris right now, there is a buzz in the air as the holiday season picks up speed. The temperatures have dropped and the twinkling lights and rich greenery on the store fronts are firmly putting us into the right mood for popping champagne and giving gifts.
This week I’ve been in and out of Paris regularly for meetings and a lunch, and here are a few pictures of my favourite spots for the Christmas decor along the way.
When given the choice of where to meet for a coffee or a rendez vous , I often pick according to a good photo opportunity. This week was no exception. I fixed my first appointment of the day near la Place Vendôme, home to the finest jewellers of the world, and unfailingly elegant.
From there I just had a few minutes on foot along the rue St Honoré and into the Rue Royale where Ladurée was looking so pretty.
I love the way that most of the decorations stick to greenery and white lights. The overall effect is festive but still elegant.
And finally as I drove back down towards the river and along the avenue Montaigne, how could I resist pausing to take in the Christmas tree at Dior. All in white, and the full height of the building. They change the decor on this store so often, its always worthwhile taking the detour to see what’s new.
How about you? Do you have a favourite city or neighbourhood for Holiday decor? And if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, what is your favourite way to decorate?