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Christmas at the Galeries Lafayette

Swarovski Christmas tree in the Galeries Lafayette in Paris France, by Parisian photographer Stacy Reeves

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Galeries Lafayette, Paris’ most lavish department store.  This already gorgeous structure (five floors of designer goods circling a gilded open atrium capped with a stained glass dome) is even more breathtaking during the holidays, not only for the massive Swarovski crystal Christmas tree suspended from the roof, but also for the body-to-body swarms of tourists standing on the ground floor and gazing up at the accompanying light show.  This display is definitely worth seeing, but I recommending doing so in the morning hours, as the afternoon and evening congestion can quickly get overwhelming.

Louis Vuitton window displays at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Be sure to visit the equally fabulous department store Printemps while you’re in the area, as well!  The window displays at Lafayette and Printemps are huge events designed by the major fashion houses, complete with star-studded opening nights where the citizens of Paris line the streets to catch the first glimpse.  They are fabulous and worth braving the crowds for!  This year’s displays at Lafayette are sponsored by Louis Vuitton, and though they may be popular with the children, it’s the adult women who truly enjoy them the most!

Christmas at the Galeries Lafayette

Don’t forget to grab a cut of hot chocolate at Angelina’s on Floor 1 while you’re there, and stop by the rooftop deck on Floor 7 to catch a beautiful view of the city.  If you’re hungry, try the organic restaurant on Floor 3, or take the skybridge over to the men’s store Lafayette Homme and visit gastronomic cafe Chêne Vert.  The Galeries Lafayette and its sister stores (Lafayette Homme for men and Lafayette Maison for home and kitchen) are great places to shop for designer handbags, jewelry, shoes, and clothes as well as unique souvenirs. Even if you don’t feel like a shopping spree, it’s worth checking out this Parisian icon!

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City Snapshot: Dusk at Christmas

Romantic photo of glowing windows during sunset in Paris

Sunset in Paris is a magical time, but to be honest, I much prefer dusk.  Parisians all over the city are getting off work and stopping in for a quick drink at their neighborhood brasserie.  The sky is a dusky purple-blue and the buildings are illuminated from within as lights are turned on and fireplaces are lit.  The thousands of lights along bridges and buildings that Paris is so famous for are starting to flicker on, but the city is still illuminated by the last remnants of sunlight.  For me, this is when the city is at its most beautiful.

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Laduree Macarons

Laduree macaroon shop on the Champs Elysees in Paris

If you are familiar at all with French macarons, you’ve certainly heard of the world famous Laduree bakery.  The Champs Elysees boutique is the home of the macaron, where it was invented in its current form in 1930.  Since then Laduree has opened satellite boutiques all over the world, selling over 15,000 macarons a day.  Although there are a number of delicious macaron makers in Paris (in fact, you can find them in almost any patisserie), it’s hard to beat a fresh Laduree macaron straight from the oven.  The gorgeous gilded interior of the Champs Elysees boutique adds to the charm, although the line for the counter is often stretched all the way out the door.  Although it is expensive, consider taking a meal in the equally beautiful Laduree restaurant next door.  The food gets great reviews, and the macarons served to diners are the freshest.
Laduree macaroon shop on the Champs Elysees in Paris

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Sneak Peek: Jessica & Matt

Jessica Holmes and Matt DanielJessica and Matt eloped in Paris last week in a beautiful, detail-filled ceremony that left me teary-eyed.  They met working as a prince and princess at Disney, and they are every bit as adorable as you would suspect.  During their portrait session the wind was blowing especially hard, so we ducked into a small archway near the Louvre to get a break from the cold.  This image of that moment is one of my favorites from their wedding day.

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