Champagne And Christmas In The City Of Light
Dec. 24, 2014, Paris, France: The Christmas season in Paris features oysters and champagne.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
About 15 years ago Vicki and I spent our first Christmas in Paris.
We stayed in Paris all that winter and decided Paris makes winter the best season of all. Museums, shows, fairs, conferences...Paris in winter runs at full speed. Everything stays open, without the sporadic closings that plague the rest of the year. French chefs cook better food in winter, with more game and heavier, tastier sauces. Fewer tourists clog up the city. I remember one rainy, cold Saturday morning, I raced to the Louvre to be there when it opened. For several minutes I had the "Mona Lisa" to myself.
As an aside, most tourists arrive and depart Paris on weekends. I figure they rarely want to take in a museum on either their first or final day. So Saturday mornings become the best time to visit the Louvre, Orsay, or other usually crowded museums.
But this was Christmas. Vicki and I had moved to Paris several months before and rented an apartment in Montmartre. We'd managed to back into Christmas with nothing planned, and that was fine with us. We like doing things together, just the two of us, on Christmas and other holidays, too. With nothing planned we decided to do what everyone in Paris does when they have nothing planned—walk around the neighborhood.