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Cheryl knows where the good creme brulee is she will just have to come back and get some. That is if my boss lets me have enough time at home
Well, you let me know when you're at home, and we can go from there. You know we're up for a visit and for more of that crème brulee...
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Sounds like a lovely lunch. More great pictures of Paris!!
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Ah, Ok - that's something that had never crossed my mind before. I genuinely thought if it said onion soup, it wouldn't have meat in it. Not a pleasant thought considering how much of the stuff I've consumed over the years and never checked...
Sorry to ruin your future onion soup fests! I hate to tell you that the Disney version at Les Chefs is beef!
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Glad you had a great lunch with Hazel! Sorry the creme brûlée disappointed, as well as the cream for the salmon! Great pics of Place de la Concorde!
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Your soup looks delish....I think I could make a meal on that alone as I adore french onion soup...sorry the entree and dessert wasn't quite as tasty. Great shots at Place de la Concorde!

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Thursday 5 December – part seven: I could easily go nuts here…

We passed the obelisk from Luxor, which is more than 3,000 years old and even got some shots of the Eiffel Tower from there.



We made our way across the square, which takes some time, given the number of pedestrian crossings you have to negotiate here.



When we got to the Champs Elysees, we were immediately into the Christmas market and it was just absolutely charming. Hazel had told us that they had a lot of the same stuff on both sides of the road, which would save us constantly having to cross over, so we just stuck with the side of the road we were on and made our way along it.


I’m assuming this is the same idea as Tinkerbell flying from the castle…

Chocolate!

I have to say that the first two or three stalls we came to were a little tacky, with souvenirs of Paris and not what I was expecting, but then we got into the more unique items. Now I will say here that the problem with places like this is that you can go absolutely nuts and buy far too much early or not buy enough if you’re too cautious. I think we fell into the latter category, as I certainly never got my mulled wine. We saw plenty of places doing it and I saw one that did rose wine and I should’ve got it there, but I didn’t and by the time we got to the end of market, the opportunity was gone and I had missed out.

I did however get a Christmas tree ornament early on, which I really liked and heck it can go straight on the tree when we get home.



I also got four Marseilles soaps, as this stuff is wonderful. It lasts for so long. We first got some on our Mediterranean cruise in 2007 when we stopped at Marseilles and I swear it lasted about two years and that’s not because we didn’t use it, because we did. There’s something they do when they make it that just makes it last and last. Then we got some more when we went to Carcassonne in 2010 and now we needed some more again, so I was delighted to find some and get stocked up. Mark left me to it, as I was picking up bars, smelling them and then saying to him “what do you think?” as he can be a bit fussy about things like this, but bless him, he told me he couldn’t smell a thing, so he was no use, as trust me, these things were a bit potent!

There were lots of cow items to be found here as well, but I was a bit put off by having to carry everything we bought all the way back to the train, especially as Mark’s rucksack was already full and mine was rapidly getting that way, and it was getting heavy too. Therefore, I was careful about what I got and as a result, perhaps a bit too careful. I really could’ve done some serious damage shopping here, but I was very restrained.



We also found these guys!



I got some photos of the Champs Elysees…



… and the Grand Palais, which I think is a beautiful building.



Then, very suddenly, it was all over with this display and that was it.



I thought it would go further up, but we were at the traditional shops of the Champs Elysees now.



Next: I had no idea McDonald’s did these!
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It never ocurred to me that Paris would do a Christmas Market. For some reason I just pictured that as a strictly German thing to do. I guess it's "European" instead.
You showed some considerable restraint by not making purchases! I couldn't have done that. At Harrod's, I bought 5 jars of jam within 10 minutes of being inside the store. Duh - could have waited till we were on our way out, but no. I just see - and buy.
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I admit I wondered when you had eaten the onion soup if you had just made sure it was vegetable broth. I'm sorry it's been ruined for you now, but at least you know.

That market looks nice. I love the unique items and the ornament is very nice. I could use that whole pile of chocolate right now. It's been that kind of day.
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I love the European Winter Markets! The ornament you got is beautiful. I'm afraid I'd have had very little restraint!
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Great pictures from the Christmas market! It looks like they had a ton of great stuff!! I really like the ornament that you bought!
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Love the Christmas market! Some day I'll do a winter tour of Europe to hit lots of these. Probably should start collecting spending money now!

I have to say I was also surprised to hear you were eating French onion soup. I hope you can find a good vegetarian broth base that allows you to enjoy it again.
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