Two year-old Aimée and her daddy Pierre started their walk early in the morning… well 8.15am to be precise in our suburb of Maisons-Laffite where we enjoyed a stunning sunrise before taking the RER into Paris.
Inside the cathedral, there is a monumental Nativity Scene from Poland.
Once outside we continued our stroll to the square of the City-Hall. But before crossing the Seine, there is an old residential street I always like to take. The café ‘Au Vieux Paris’ had an outdoor Nativity Scene amidst Christmassy decorations.
On the square of Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, an exhibition (the Noah’s Ark of modern times) was set for the COP21 international climate conference. It featured a large multicolored herd of 140 animal figures to sensibilise people about the consequences of global warming.
We then walked towards the Louvre via the rue de Rivoli, Châtelet and the Quai de la Mégisserie with fine views of iconic parisian monuments such as Tour Saint-Jacques, Conciergerie, Pont-Neuf and the Eiffel Tower.
Surprisingly, wleeping willow trees on the western tip of the Île de la Cité had received fresh new leaves for Christmas:
A few Christmas trees decorated with baubles are found on the Place du Louvre in front of the church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois and the City-Hall of the 1st arrondissement. Can you see the photographer’s reflection?
We entered inside the church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois opposite the Louvre. There was another Nativity Scene to discover.
The weather was still very pleasant when we reached the Louvre and its succession of courtyards.
The Tuileries Garden was filled with people enjoying the fine day.
On the rue de Rivoli, the luxury Meurice Hotel was decorated for the festive season with elegant trees.
The rue de Castiglione led us to the famous Place Vendôme. The Column of Napoleon was visible after the removal of scaffoldings that had been placed for the restoration work of the monument.
This year, twin pointed Christmas trees were placed at the four angles of the square.
Then we headed for the Grands Boulevards. Off the boulevard des Capucines is a little pedestrian street called rue Édouard VII.
Our final destination was the church of La Madeleine.
Inside we looked for the Nativity Scene… only to find a very surprising one made of poultry netting by sculptor Pauline Ohrel and called ‘Revelations’. Needless to say the crib disturbed many people by reading the guest book! One comment was quite interesting though as it linked this ‘simple and modest Nativity scene’ to the birth of Jesus which took place in a precarious way.
After a 10kms walk it was time to head back home. I pulled Aimée in her pushchair to the direction of the Auber station… We had such a nice outing in Paris!