Our first full day in Paris was a Sunday, Christmas Eve, so we headed out to the Vanves flea market, my favorite market that runs on Saturdays and Sundays, 365 days a year.
Brandon and I took a window selfie as we walked to the train...
At the Metro stop waiting for our train. Nice that they have Christmas red chairs at Glaciere...
Last year we were at this flea market on Christmas Eve, but that was a Saturday. I'm not sure if it was because it was a Sunday or not, but this year the market was much smaller. A lot of my favorite vendors were missing, as well as Roland - the honkytonk piano player we love! AND the little food stand ran out of crepe batter, so I didn't get my traditional 2 euro crepe.
I only bought a tiny red Citroen 2CV car and had to work to get the man down to 5 euros. I'll remember this special trip every year when I add this red car to my Christmas vignettes! I bought the little leather bound book at the Spitalfields flea market in London the week before.
I gave everyone a scare when I went to sit down on the stool that Becca is sitting on and went over backwards! It was one of those falls where I knew I was going to be ok (the garbage bag behind me helped break my fall) but it looked really scary to everyone else! Such drama.
We stopped at a bakery on the way back to the train for a pastry and coffee. One of these days I'm going to try a Bûche de Noël - maybe it's indecision because there are so many pretty choices, but I've yet to try one.
Next we headed to the Tuileries, the garden that stretches out in front of the Louvre.
I didn't quite get Becca touching the tip of the pyramid - more like slightly off the building behind it. :)
We went down to the Carrousel de Louvre, the underground shopping mall at the Louvre, to get warm and do some browsing.
We continued across the street, past this beautiful cafe... I'm determined to stop there someday!
And on to the Palais Royal. Built in 1633, the Palais Royal and its gardens housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. The 260 black and white marble columns were added in 1986 on the site of a carpark.
Do you think I got Jeremy to jump on one?
No, but Becca is the BEST jumper! Great air, Becca!!
She is joy, personified!
Any idea how reluctant these guys were to pose for this photo? LOL - no regrets from me!
This man is using a magnet on a string to fish for the money people have thrown into the water below. Hmmm....
No fountain for Dave to enjoy... It's pretty dreary on a cloudy, winter day!
Galerie Vivienne is one of the oldest covered shopping passages in Paris (1823). It's so pretty decorated for Christmas.
We walked from there to Opera to go to the grand magasins or department stores.
We wanted to stop into Galeries Lafayette to see the tree in the center and the view from the roof. The amount of people was just insane! This is just one of three buildings this size that make up this store.
The tree is just delightful - made from balloons! Hopefully you got to watch the video of the show they do there every few minutes that I posted on Facebook.
Even though it was only 4pm, you could see the Eiffel Tower doing its twinkling show in the distance. Days are very short this time of year with sunrise at about 8:30am and sunset at 3:50pm.
I'll be back tomorrow with Christmas Eve night pictures and my favorite memory from our whole trip!
Thanks for following along! xoxo