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Christmas in Paris. Christmas Markets in 2012-2013

The winter holiday season in the city of lights would feel degrees less cheerful and inspired without the traditional Paris Christmas markets that spring up each year. The markets, with their iconic clusters of wood chalets offering custom holiday treats like mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages and specialties from various regions of France, are an essential part of celebrating Christmas in Paris. They also make an ideal outing with kids in Paris. Visit one of Paris’s many Christmas markets for a scenic winter stroll, or stock up on traditional foodstuffs or handcrafted toys, clothing and other items for gifts.

Christmas in ParisThe History of Paris Christmas Markets

Christmas markets in Paris and elsewhere in France have their origins in the northern Alsace region, which has belonged to Germany at various junctures in history and therefore draws on German Christmas market traditions stretching to as early as the 14th century. The most famous– and largest– marché de noël in France is in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace.

Paris Christmas Markets in 2012-2013

No matter where you’re staying during your holiday trip this year, you’re bound to find a market nearby. Some of these dates and times are subject to change; check back closer to December for updates.

  • Christmas Market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées
    This is the largest Christmas market within Paris’s city limits. The market stretches from the Champs-Elysées roundabout (Metro Champs Elysées-Clémenceau) to the Place de la Concorde (Metro Concorde). Also visit the Maison de l’Alsace at 39 avenue des Champs-Elysees, a temporary boutique offering traditional Alsatian Christmas goodies.
    Open: From November 16th, 2012 through January 6th, 2013
    Location: Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Place de la Concorde
    Metro: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau or Concorde
  • Christmas Market at La Défense
    With 350 stands, one of the largest and most festive Christmas markets around– in the surreal setting of high-rise buildings.
    Open: From November 21st through December 29th, 2012
    Location: Parvis de la Défense (near the Grand Arche)
    Metro/RER: La Défense
  • Christmas Market and Ice Rink at Trocadero
    Featuring over 120 stands peddling Christmas goods, an ice-skating rink and “snow villages”. This one’s ideal for the kids.
    Open: Daily from December 13th, 2012 to January 6th, 2013
    Location: Place de la Trocadero, across from the Eiffel Tower
    Metro: Trocadero
  • Christmas Market and Santa’s Village at Saint-Sulpice
    Open: dates and times to be determined. Check back soon.
    Location: Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 6th arrondissement
    Metro: Saint-Sulpice
  • Christmas Market and Santa’s Village at place Saint-Germain-des-Prés
    Open from December 6th, 2012 through January 2nd, 2013 .
    Location: Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris 6th arrondissement
    Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Christmas Market at the Montparnasse Tower
    Open from December 5th, 2012 through December 30th, 2012. This market specializes in regional French delicacies.
    Location: In front of the Gare Montparnasse, facing the tower.
    Metro: Montparnasse Bienvenue
  • Christmas Market at Place de la Nation
    Open daily from early December (precise dates to be announced), 1:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Location: Place de la Nation, 11th arrondissement
    Metro/RER: Nation
  • Christmas Market at Place d’Italie
    Open from November 24th-December 24th, 2012.
    Location: Centre Commercial Italie 2 (Shopping Center), Metro Place d’Italie
  • Christmas Market at the Place des Abbesses
    This market, nestled in the heart of the quaint Montmartre neighborhood, will be open daily starting in December (precise dates to be announced).
    Location: Place des Abbesses, 18th arrondissement
    Metro: Abbesses
  • Christmas Market at Gare de l’Est
    Dates and times tbd: check back soon.
    Location: Gare de l’Est, 10th arrondissement
    Metro: Gare de l’Est
  • Christmas Market at Notre Dame Cathedral
    This year a market dedicated to arts, crafts, and fine cuisine is set to spring up on the square outside Notre Dame Cathedral, where a giant Christmas tree generally stands as well each year. Mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, warm chalets and even Santa Claus are reportedly set to take the square by storm.
    Open: Daily from December 15th-23rd, 2012.
    Location: Place du Parvis de Notre Dame, Metro/RER St Michel or Cité
  • Full article: http://goparis.about.com/od/shopping/a/parischristmasmarkets.htm

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Foreign landmarks tower above the UK’s in minds of British

IT WAS promoted as an opportunity to appreciate the splendour of your own country while saving a pound or two. Yet the “stay-cation” has failed to make a lasting impression on the British public, according to a new poll which found that holidaymakers are better at recognising foreign landmarks than one in their own country.

The Eiffel Tower. Picture: Getty

The Eiffel Tower. Picture: Getty

Despite having some of the most iconic buildings and scenery in the world, such as Edinburgh Castle and the white cliffs of Dover, British landmarks faired poorly in a new survey that sought to discover the most recognisable tourist icons among British holidaymakers.

While not a single person out of the 1,714 British holidaymakers polled by sunshine.co.uk, an online travel agent, failed to recognise the Eiffel Tower, only 77 per cent recognised Stonehenge, it is claimed.

To add insult to injury, places such as the Sydney Opera House and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge were more recognisable than Trafalgar Square and the London Eye.

Only Big Ben in London and Stonehenge made it into the top ten of the most recognised landmarks in the world. While 98 per cent recognised the Pyramids, 96 per cent identified the Statue of Liberty in New York and 95 per cent recognised the Great Wall of China. Big Ben had a “score” of 93 per cent but Trafalgar Square and the London Eye failed to make it into the top ten of most-recognised landmarks.

The Great Wall of China came fourth with 95 per cent of those polled recognising it, while the Taj Mahal came in sixth with 84 per cent.

The top ten most recognised landmarks for UK holidaymakers was completed by Stonehenge in seventh place, the Sydney Opera House in eighth place, the Colosseum in Rome in ninth place and San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge in tenth place.

Yesterday, Chris Clarkson, the co-founder of Sunshine.co.uk said: “I actually can’t quite believe that more UK-based landmarks didn’t feature in the top ten here. To see that more people recognised the Golden Gate Bridge above the likes of the London Eye and Trafalgar Square is a bit of an eye opener.”

However, Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland said it aimed to make people more familiar with Scotland’s landmarks as well as the more out-of-the-way places in the country.

He said: “One of the main aims of our ongoing marketing campaign, Surprise Yourself, is to encourage more Scots to get out and about and explore what’s on their very doorstep.

“From iconic landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle or Loch Ness, to hidden gems that you won’t find in the guidebooks, VisitScotland is working hard alongside Scotland’s tourism industry to promote every area of our stunning country and make sure Scots staycationers have every reason to stay close to home for their autumnal break.

“No matter how well you think you know Scotland, the beauty of it is there’s always something new to discover.”

TOP TEN

1. Eiffel Tower – 100%

2. Pyramids – 98%

3. Statue of Liberty – 96%

4. Great Wall of China – 95%

5. Big Ben – 93%

6. Taj Mahal – 84%

7. Stonehenge – 77%

8. Sydney Opera House – 71%

9. Colosseum, Rome – 69%

10. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco – 65%

By ANGUS HOWARTH  – http://www.scotsman.com
Published on Monday 8 October 2012 00:00

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