Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowy Paris

Paris had quite a surprise snowfall last Wednesday.
Airports closed, highways in grid-lock, unexpected ice skating skills....uh hmmm...

Thankfully, we were still able to get out and about - 
one of the perks of living in the city.

The 'market street' (as I call it) right around the corner was a bit empty,
 but the (slushy) snow still managed to glisten under the sheet of lights and garlands. 

This little stretch offers everything you need - boulangerie, cafés, fromagier, caviar shop, gourmet coffee and tea shop and even....brace yourself...a Mc Donald's...sad but true. 
 France has whole heartedly embraced the Golden Arches - at least it is tucked into the building like the rest of the shops.  
Sorry no photos, I just could not bring myself to do it. 

Did I mention Starbucks? 
They're really crazy about those Frapuccinos!  

My favorite créperie

Notice the powdery snow (major slippery white stuff) photo of me nearly getting run over by a car on the way home either...thankfully my Mocha Frapuccino and I made it home safely!  The Good Lord was looking after me that day!! 

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Jackie said...

I miss the snow during the Holiday Season!!! But, I LOVE Starbucks!

Beautiful photos Mimi!

Have a blessed week!

highheeledlife said...

Mimi ... only in Paris can snow be beyond magical. The lights and life of Paris, is truly its own. Thnak you for sharing with us. Glad to hear you and Frappucino made it safe and sound!!! hugs mon ami..HHL

chateaudelille said...

Those pics look so pretty.I would like to put some lights on my house after seeing that. Also I might follow your suggestion for a Xmas present. Just gotta tell my hubby.Fiona

Blue Creek Home said...

I am so glad that you're okay. I almost got taken out in NYC by a bus. My sister saved my life! BE CAREFUL.
I wish I could walk around the corner to Market Street. It looks like a magical place.

Jenny said...

these shots are so picture pretty and your neighborly description of them makes them come to life for sure. I am so glad you and your Mocha Frap were uninjured. Merry Christmas dear Mimi!

Debbi Thinks Deep said...

What a joy and a pleasure to walk such gorgeous streets! Jealous. Jealous. Jealous. :)
Thank you for the encouragement. Blogger makes me nuts! But I love it just the same. :)
I hope you have your most wonderful Christmas ever!

Anonymous said...

These shots are so beautiful and it looks like the market area I go to inside the mall there for my starbucks!! Last Wednesday was like nothing I have experienced here so far! Even the next day the ice was everywhere! I love your pictures of it! Thank you for sharing these!
Have a great week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING MY DEAREST! WE had 2.5 feet of snow on Saturday night! I saw another blog that showed all the snow outside of Paris! AND......I JUST REALIZED THAT I NEVER RESPONDED TO YOUR SWEET EMAIL!!! I am having a time keeping up...I will have to get back to you tonight for I must leave for work....HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW AND ATTENTION! FAIS ATTENTION! NE TOMBE PAS! Bises, Anita

love lives in the kitchen said...

dear mimi! your city is always beautiful but in the winter with snow is probably the most beautiful!
thank you for sharing and wish you a lovely day!

Cathy said...

Oh my, would I love to do a little Christmas shopping in Paris despite the snow! I'm enjoying your holiday issue so very much, Mimi. There's inspiration on every page.

Happy Holiday wishes to you and your family.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Mimi dearest,

HOW WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU CHEZ MOI! I hope you can win the WAND! And send the gifts wherever you please if you win!


Punctuation Mark said...

i've always heard the Paris is gorgeous on the holidays season and that it's a must... have a nice week!

Madelief said...

Dear Mimi,

How festive Paris looks with the snow and all the Christmas lights! Just booked a holiday week nearby Paris for next year. Already look forward to it!

Lieve groet & happy new week!


VM Creation Atelier said...

Bonjour,dear,dear Mimi:-)))*

How beautiful to see those live photos from the streets of Paris...and the snow there...
Looks so invited!

Wish you fabulous Holidays,my wonderful Friend!!!
Much Love,

Susan B said...

What a lovely and très charmant little street! Even with the McD's and Starbuck's.

Dianne said...

Your little Creperie is just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Just when I thought Paris couldn't get any more beautiful there is a blanket of snow! xo

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I am absolutely swooning!

bunny The Paris House said...

Oh Mimi,
this is divine! You are truly blessed to be experiencing Paris in the glorious holiday time snow Fall.
Oliver is better thankfully and I am getting caught up, last week was crazy busy and stressful with his fever, I am such a worrier. Thank Goodness he got better pretty fast. I am still going to try and get that article together. I am hoping to have a few hours Weds. to work on it???
Have a fantastic week

Christmas-etc... said...

I so enjoyed the snowy walk around your Parisian neighborhood! Looking forward to seeing more and will now become your 495 follower (wish it was the magic 500!)
PS BE sure to enter my GIVEAWAY!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Paris in the snow--how can it get any prettier? I would love to see that some day. London has been mighty cold too--makes me wonder what January and February have in store....


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

As Debi said above .."paris in the snow" oh I wish I had been there to see it ... I am beginning to get withdrawal symptoms ... Missing it a lot. Thanks for sharing these super photos .. I think I went up around here , didn't I .. Have a super Christmas and a Very very Happy new year oxox

French said...

Be safe, but oh yes enjoy that little bit of snow! I wish we had just a little here. I was thinking of you earlier today; I am preparing to make a buche de noel this year and wandered around some patisseries online. have a lovely week!

Eri said...

Hi Dear, beautiful pictures! My boyfriend was in Paris last 8 to 10 december for work, and he was blocked in aeroport many hours, anyway, he told me Paris was fantastic under the snow!!!!

TeriGigi/Girl Meets Paris said...

One of our friends had a week long business trip to Paris last week, and the sweetheart sent me snow pictures from his blackberry...I enjoyed each and every one of them!

I finally finished this month's magazine. I savored each and every page, so it took me quite awhile. I love how it gives a glimpse into people's private lives and homes...fantastic!

Catherine said...

Hope you are not too cold, here it is cold, slippery, ice everywhere!

Anna Margaret said...

LOVE the photo`s so very much!!
Just stopping by to say --
Merriest of Christmases to you and your love...
Anna Margaret

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, it is so wonderfully beautiful!!! I am so thankful that you found your way to my little blog, in turn, leading me to yours! I love your photos around a snowy Paris! It is one of my greatest dreams to visit Paris one day. Thank you so much for becoming a new follower, I am now a follower of yours as well. It is a pleasure to meet you.
Have a lovely night.

Lancerika said...

Oooh...belle Mimi,
merci for making me smile:)
with McDO and slippery snowy
Paris (still enchanting)
your favorite créperie looks
inviting{sighs}and romantic...
Wish you the sweetest of

Jeanne Henriques said...

I am loving the music to your video clip Mimi...pure inspiration!
Wonderful shots, there is nothing like fresh snow...ours is due in the next 24 hours and it is nearly Christmas, perfect :)

Best wishes Mimi to you and your family for a wonderfully cozy Christmas...

Jeanne xx

Sara Lee Bentley said...

I love Paris even in the slushy snow! Thanks so much for your sweet, sweet comment and your follow -- I'm following you too :)

Unknown said...

Stay safe ! My girl friend already fell twice ! Not good !

Julie Marie said...

Hello Mimi... Merci for visiting my blog tonight and leaving me such a heartfelt comment... how wonderful it must be to be in Paris over the holidays... Merry Christmas to you!... Bisous... Julie Marie

Unknown said...

Oh Mimi..I'm so nostalgic about Paris!! I'm trying to convince my husband to fly to France for a few days!
Merry Christmas darling..

Eileen said...

Hi Mimi,
These are beautiful photos. The little street looks enchanting. I, for one, am glad you declined to shoot photos of the McDonald's. :) Somehow I find the thought of Paris embracing McDonald's rather disappointing. LOL Hope all is going well with Belle. Merry Christmas!

Lee said...

Just stopped by to see your lovely blog... spectacular pictures, Mimi!
I wanted to wish you the merriest of Christmases.
As a retired blogger, I haven't forgotten my special friends.

Peace and joy!

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing such lovely pics...

Paris is so beautiful:)

Karena said...

Mimi, I wish I were there with you!!

Joyeaux Noel!!

I have a New Giveaway from My Sparrow, so do come and enter!

Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

Great photos! I love snow :)

ciao ciao from Rome

Anonymous said...

Hi Mimi, so you got some of that white stuff for Christmas. Makes things real Christmasy doesn't it? We are getting it too. I love it as long as I don't have to travel which I do. A Market Place sounds so much classier than "the mall". :) Just wanted to drop by and wish you a very very Merry Christmas to you and yours. xoxo Lynn
P.S. working on an article. :)

blossoms vintage chic said...

Hi Mimi Bleu, Just found and following your fabulous blog!! Love your name...and the photos are just delicious "Snow" wow!!
Would love to visit your fav creperie it looks so inviting and a French Mocha Frapuccino sounds yummy!! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday!
New Years res: a little OohLaLa!

desde my ventana said...

Hello Mimi
My best wishes for this Christmas for you and your family. Have some days full of love, Joy and Hapiness

Chicago Chic said...

Hi Mimi!

I love this post! I just adore hearing about your experiences in another amazing European city as an American like myself...I just love how we can relate to each other! I love this snippet of time in which I can taste a little bit of what you experience in your more permanent life :) although I know Rome and Paris are quite different from each other. I really can't even fathom how incredible it must feel to live in Paris, especially during the holidays. These photos are gorgeous, and how funny what you said about McDonalds! That is something else I can completely relate to. I know there are 2 in Rome and it is quite sad! I assume fromagier is a cheese shop? We just visited our local cheese shop today for some delectable cheese to pair with polenta for the evening.

Wishing you a spectacular holiday week and very Merry Merry Christmas!! God bless. :)

Unknown said...

Hi Mimi,
Wishing you a very happy xmas & New Year!! xoxo
The pics are stunning :-)

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