Paris,

FRANCE

Canadian Living - - Life & Community - — SARA CATION, SE­NIOR FEA­TURES ED­I­TOR

The City of Light is down­right lu­mi­nes­cent come Christ­mas­time, with ev­ery cor­ner seem­ingly touched by Kris Kringle. Strolling the streets was daz­zling, whether we were win­dow shop­ping along the twin­kle-light­lined Champs-élysées, pok­ing around the mul­ti­ple Christ­mas mar­kets or mar­vel­ling at the elab­o­rate dis­plays at the Ga­leries Lafayette (which al­most ri­valled the panoramic view from the roof). When we tired of shop­ping, we sipped Cham­pagne on a din­ner cruise along the Seine, in­dulged in ar­guably the world’s best hot choco­late at An­gelina and burned the calo­ries off tour­ing mu­se­ums and danc­ing in our seats at the Crazy Horse cabaret (whose stage was re­pro­duced for Bey­once’s “Par­ti­tion” mu­sic video). It’s true that Paris feels like one of the most ro­man­tic places on Earth— even when you’re there with a bonne amie.

I love the stair­case in Shake­speare and Com­pany, a beau­ti­ful book­store where I bought a great many Christ­mas gifts. (Oprah voice: “You get a book! You get a book! Ev­ery­body gets a book!”)

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