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Christmas eve in Paris

Tea at Laduree, dinner at Chartier, and Christmas Eve service at Notre Dame rounded out a very French day

Posted December 28, 2012 by Melissa Chang

Although it would have been nice to have a white Christmas in Paris, I was actually glad that it was unseasonally warm during our time there. The air was a crisp 50 degrees, cold enough to get you in the holiday spirit, but didn’t give us a miserable feeling of being frozen.

I wanted my nieces to get a different Parisan experience from what they had when they backpacked through a couple of months ago, so we planned to take tea and macarons at Laduree and have a very French dinner. Here’s the thing, though: Ahnya was helping me call around to restaurants from a list that many of you thoughtfully emailed, Facebooked, and tweeted, and they were either closed for the holidays or booked solid. This isn’t to say you can’t get a meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; you can go to almost any cafe in the city and have a decent, casual meal. At the other end of the spectrum, the hotel restaurants are open, but many are expensive. We found a few that were about $200 per person for special occasion dinners. Here’s how our day went:

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Changs take Paris

This is rue Rambuteau from my street, rue Quincampoix. I started the day rolling out of bed and going to one of the creperies.

These are just highlights of the day. If you want to see the rest of my photos, click here.


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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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