|The Christmas lighting on the Champs Elysee.
Modern or silly? Personally, I think they are
pretty darned cool.
It is Christmas time in Paris and regardless of your religious, cultural or personal convictions, Christmas is as ubiquitous as winter air this time of year. Paris has a long tradition of lighting up the city without Christmas, but during the Yuletide season the lights are especially bright. I’ve taken a brief break from blogging and observing as I had to make yet another trip to Canada.
Many friends and readers would wonder why I did not stay in Canada to celebrate Christmas with friends and relatives. I decided, for better or worse, that I would spend my first Christmas in Paris as let the cards fall where they may. Hopefully I won’t spend Christmas cold and alone… <sniff> :)
Audrey Tautou illumine les Champs Elysées par mairiedeparis
Here is my latest set of Parisian observations:
Culture: It seems that Paris society operates between vacations and there are many. After taking time off in October for no reason I’ve been able to understand, all of Paris will be going on Vacation for the week or so between Christmas and New Years. I will probably stick to my North American roots and do some work during this period, but I WON’T be fencing or attending art class since those are closed for the season.
|An advert for an exhibit at the Musee D'Orsay.
Do check it out!
Transportation: The Metro has changed. There are new cars on the #1 line that operate without a driver. They seem to stop for no reason more often and start and stop a little more abruptly than the ones with a driver, but they do the job. Another change is that the announcements are in four languages rather than just French. You’ll also hear Metro announcements both in the stations and on the new trains in English, German and Spanish.
- I’ve talked a lot about musicians jumping on trains and playing in the tunnels of the metro, but lately at the Chatelet station I’ve had the pleasure to hear a large string ensemble on regular occasions. I managed to snap a picture while racing to get to art class.
|A string ensemble who happen to be very good, entertains passersby
at the Chatelet Metro station.
- I now have all the fencing equipment that I need for the sport. I mentioned once before that a true hobby requires the expenditure of about $10,000… or 7,000€. So far, with lessons, club membership and equipment I’m at about the… oooh… 1,200€ mark. My equipment is very good, so I expect that it will take a long time for me to get to 7,000€…. a very long time.
- For those concerned, I have won a match in the advanced class. I attributed the win to blind luck, but my instructor says that “In combat, there is no such thing as luck.” I may have mistranslated this.
Art: It’s the last week for art class and then I have 2 weeks to study on my own. If you’ve ever wanted to be immortalized in a sketch, please look me up over the holidays! I need models badly! To be an art model, you require two simple abilities. The first is to be naked and the second is to stay still for 20 minutes… and I mean completely still. All models will be provided with the best possible champagne for their efforts. :)
|L'Hommage Veronese - Pencil (original) - Robyn Blaber - 2011
My latest effort in art class.
Entertainment: Lastly, my friends, I will be hosting a Christmas soiree at my home on December 22nd. I hope it to be the best party in all of Paris. Please RSVP with me if you are a friend on facebook or leave your email if you are in Paris and would like to visit/meet me and share a glass of holiday cheer.
Your true friend,
Sir Robyn makes an appearance at an
Eyes Wide Shut party at an undisclosed
location in the heart of Paris.