Friday, August 03, 2012

I'm alive

After more than half year of silence, let me just say, that I am alive, and the reason that I stopped blogging here is because we got engaged in December, we moved to Switzerland in January, and then got married in July. 

Not only it wouldn't have been accurate to write posts about Paris while not living there anymore - but organizing the wedding took all my attention. Maybe one day we move back and catch up with writing, I don't know, but for now, I wanna thank all of you who still read parts of my blog! And if I start another project online, I will let everyone know, maybe you'd be interested.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lights on Avenue des Champs Elysées

Wednesday I went on top of Arc de Triomphe with my boyfriend to see when Audrey Tautou switches on the lights on Champs Elysées (well, not her, as we were upstairs, but the result). I thought it would be more crowded upstairs but it was bearable and we actually could see something. After some minutes it was practically empty up there so we could take some good ones. It's no big secret, our camera is not a professional one, so it's bit weak in the night. Anyway I think we have some nice material in the end. 

We want to make a stop-motion video - do you know any good jpg-avi converter program? I would post the result (just some seconds, this is our first one)!!

After we went downstairs to the avenue, taking some close shots of the lights and some windows, like Marks&Spencer which opened later that night with a big show. 

Avenue des Champs Elysées - fab, right?

that's me :) 

The Old Lady

 a sculpture inside Arc de Triomphe

there are four main sculptures on the monument, this one is La Résistance de 1814

La Paix de 1815

La Départ de 1792 (La Marseillaise) 

Le Triomphe de 1810 

from close

the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

you can get to the Arch under ground

from further

 the new Christmas lights

the south side

the lights change colors

they are eco-friendly LEDs, they will consume as much energy as 8 families during the holiday season (less than ever)

the new M&S store

lit also by LED 

winter arrived to H&M as well 

a polar bear is greeting us at Sephora

Later I'll visit the Christmas market as well..

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Galeries Lafayette & Printemps for Xmas 2011

On Saturday we went for a nice walk in Paris, looking around for some boots and other stuff. Thought we'd give les grands magasins a try as well. Apparently, the Christmas decoration is on already and .. this year no exception, it seems popular. At least we can say it by looking at the crowd in front of both. Well I tried taking pictures but I guess on an early Monday or Tuesday afternoon I could do better :) Anyway, here they are. Advent in Paris, numero uno.

 Galeries Lafayette, Christmas-wrapped - click on the picture for a more convenient view

little bit crowded

 inside Galeries Lafayette

moving window display


Printemps inside

Printemps lights

Dancing ballerinas  

from close

at Chanel


lots of Karls

these ladies don't move

most of the windows are Chanel

If you wanna see it for yourself, the department stores are on Boulevard Hausmann, easily reachable by RER A (Auber) and metro: Havre-Caumartin (line 3, 9) Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette (line 7, 9), but the Saint-Lazare and Opera stations are not far either.

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