Last weekend I went to Paris with my little sister Izzy – she turned 18 this year and for a long time I’ve wanted to do something special with her, and Paris at Christmas was what I decided on.  We went on Saturday and came back late Monday evening, we stayed in a sweet little apartment B&B in the 18th arrondissement on Boulevard Ney.

Highlights from our trip were sitting on the metro when a man with a guitar and amplifier began to play ‘What a wonderful world’, sipping hot chocolate at dusk outside Sacre Coeur and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere, and wandering through the organic market on Boulevard Raspail.

More details on what we ate and where to come, but for now, here’s my Paris at Christmas…

Best hot chocolate – chocolate on a wooden spoon stirred into hot frothy milk…

A Nutella crepe…

Paris is the best place I’ve ever been for Christmas lights and decorations.

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I loved all the varieties of lettuce and edible leaves available at the organic market…

Yes, those are Muffins Anglais on the left, and very handsome looking ones at that…

We walked up so many steps in Paris that I strained my Achilles heel/tendon…ouch!

Curiosities…

Loved these beautiful wintry trees with their ‘pom-poms’…

Free hugs outside Notre Dame…

Don’t you just want to take them all home with you…

Biggest hot chocolate in the world?

Sweetest window display – the mummy bear even moved!

Mmm…croque monsieur…

Windows at Laduree…

All photos taken by myself and Izzy Burton.

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