From Place To Space: Christmas in Paris

1 January 2012 0


Hello my beloved readers in 2012! I hope you all had a fabulous and festive start into the new year! Some of you might know that I spent last Christmas in my second home town Paris. Thus, I decided to dedicate today’s ‘From Place To Space’ blog post to the City of Lights and my amazing stay there. I spent some of the most relaxing and joyous days in Paris. But let me guide you through my little adventure and flirty encounter avec la ville que j’aime.

Whenever I arrive in Paris I am first and foremost drawn to the architecture and the plethora of stunning 19th century facades that line the streets and boulevards. I can’t help but snap pics on the way with my iPhone and imagine how it would feel to actually live in such a grand building. Anyway, a bit of daydreaming is allowed, right? Then I was amazed by the festive decorations throughout the city that added a notch to the city’s image as ‘City of Lights’ – it was even more sparkling, glamorous and twinkling than ever before. 

Christmas Eve was very intimate and romantic with a beautiful dinner full of French delicacies including the compulsory ‘bûche de Noël’ and a bottle of champagne. For a very first time, I even tried ‘escargots’ this year (also a Christmas tradition in France). On Christmas Day, I was invited to a fancy breakfast at the de luxe hotel Plaza Athenée with an adorable little ice rink in the hotel courtyard and a magnificent view of the Tour Eiffel. Can Christmas be any better?

Then it was about time to hit the stores for some last minute Xmas shopping. This time I discovered some amazing shops like ‘Merci, Merci’, ‘Hier Pour Demain’ and a few street lined thrift stores with amazing mid-century furniture, Moroccan decorations and other paraphernalia galore. Of course, a stop over at the famous Galeries Lafayette with its rocking Christmas tree was inevitable, too.

Apart from that, I enjoyed relaxing in Paris and meeting some old friends for dinners and walks, I wandered the streets and made little breaks in local cafés enjoying a good cup of coffee and yummy French pastries. Invigorated and inspired I returned to Munich and now I am ready to face a new and hopefully successful year with all of you! I hope I could transfer a bit of the festive and lovely atmosphere from Paris through my little iPhone snapshots. Á bientôt, mes amis!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply vosges paris 2 January 2012 at 00:04

    woohhhoooo such a lovely report you made.. looks like you had a great romantic stay 😉

    Loved every picture and every word of it
    *sigh* I now can go to bed and dream of Paris 😉
    bonne nuit mon copin

  • Reply tina 2 January 2012 at 00:11

    Igor, one cannot but fall in love with Paris when I read your post. You manage to seduce the reader so that I want to book the next’Eurostar’and experience what you experience. My love for Paris has a little faded (overdid it) but like with Munich, you have sold it to me…:) Bon Année mon chér!!

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar 2 January 2012 at 00:12

    Gahhhhh! Your post makes me so excited to visit later this month! That last snap is divine – so pleased you had a great time! 🙂

  • Reply Jennie Prince 2 January 2012 at 01:25

    Amazing! Everything about your Christmas looks fab! And may I say your photos are incredibly gorgeous?!?! Just perfect!

  • Reply Liz 2 January 2012 at 01:57

    Such a beautiful trip Igor!! I could have shopped in that second hand shop for days! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!

  • Reply Kristen 2 January 2012 at 04:29

    Oh my, I am jealous of you, as usual! 🙂 What beautiful pictures! You really managed to capture the feeling of your trip with pictures of decorations and shopping and glamorous shots of the city itself. Oh, Paris!!!!

  • Reply simplygrove 2 January 2012 at 07:45

    How fun!!! Every image makes me drool over your time in Paris!!

  • Reply Yvonne 2 January 2012 at 08:01

    Glückliches neues Jahr! In Paris muss Weihnachten noch viel schöner sein!!!!
    Herzliche Grüße

  • Reply Tara Bradford 2 January 2012 at 08:18

    I see you were shopping at some of my fave places. Looks like you had a grand time! Were this shots taken with your phone? Nice!

  • Reply Lysann 2 January 2012 at 09:38

    Ein wundervolles, glückliches und bezauberndes Neues Jahr wünsche ich Dir … Paris muss Weihnachten besonders schön sein – noch schöner, als es sonst eh schon ist…

    Herzliche Grüße

  • Reply 2 January 2012 at 10:05

    Great post Igor, makes me want to hop on the Eurostar immediately!

    Happy New Year from a fellow BYWer!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 January 2012 at 10:18

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments & a happy new year to everyone!

    @Tara: Yes, all pics were shot with my iPhone:-)

  • Reply Chedva @Rooms and Words 2 January 2012 at 10:33

    Igor, it looks like the perfect holiday! Happy 2012!

  • Reply Chococat 2 January 2012 at 13:33

    Fantastic, AGAIN! I’m looking forward to my honeymoon trip to Paris in May, and this was a post I really needed, especially the advice about thrift shops!
    Hugs from Serbia

  • Reply Sarah Roads 2 January 2012 at 15:41

    Well that looks FANTASTIC! I adore Paris, who doesn’t, but never have been there during the holidays. Must do. Wonderful pics, they capture the essence of Christmas and Paris beautifully. So glad I stumbled across your blog when I did! I love Munich too, it’s so darn charming! Happy new Year! xo

  • Reply Un coup d'aile 2 January 2012 at 17:10

    und wie waren die Schnecken??

    das erste Foto finde ich klasse, hast du dieses auch mit deinem ajfon geschossen?? welche app?

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 January 2012 at 17:52

    Die Schnecken waren einen Versuch wert. Aber es bleibt bei einem Versuch:-) Alle Fotos habe ich mit meinem iPhone geschossen und meistens verwende ich Instagram – so auch beim ersten Foto:-)

  • Reply Un coup d'aile 2 January 2012 at 19:18

    ich danke dir!!!
    hast du dich wenigstens für foie gras erwärmen können??
    Grüsse aus Dijon

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 January 2012 at 19:20

    Foie gras esse ich gerne, aber in Maßen:-) Aber mein absolutes Lieblingsessen in Frankreich ist einfach nur Käse und Baguette:-) Lieben Gruß aus München!

  • Reply Un coup d'aile 2 January 2012 at 20:10

    du sprichst mir aus der Seele…. wobei es bessere Brote gibt als Baguette… probier mal banette

  • Reply Justina Blakeney 2 January 2012 at 20:16

    your rummaging photos have got me DROOLING! Happy New Years Igor!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 January 2012 at 20:28

    @Un coup d’aile: probiere ich das nächste Mal, danke für den Tipp!

    @Justina: I was thinking of you when I spotted the ethnic inspired pillows:-)

  • Reply Ludmila @ creamylife 2 January 2012 at 20:41

    I simply adore this post! True when they say a picture is worth a thousand words :). I can see you had plenty of fun – yay!

  • Reply Becky - Pretty Dandy 3 January 2012 at 23:12

    Happy New Year!

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. I haven’t been to Paris in years, but this gorgeous post took me straight back there.

    Ahhh Paris, c’est magnifique!


  • Reply Fenny Setiawan 5 January 2012 at 04:19

    Happy new year Igor. lovely photos and trip. makes me want to visit Paris, you are lucky man :).

  • Reply Rike 21 January 2012 at 16:52

    Hej Igor – ein hübscher Beitrag. Sag mal, kennst Du auch tolle Hotels in Paris? Plane einen kleinen Trip… Würde mich freuen! Alles Liebe, RIke

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 January 2012 at 18:03

      Hi Rike! Leider kann ich bei Hotels nicht wirklich helfen, da ich in Paris immer privat wohne. Aber sonst kann ich gerne bei anderen Sachen Tipps geben, einfach melden!

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