Monday, December 25, 2023

I went to buy stamps on Saturday


JOYEUX NOËL EVERYONE !! I went uptown to buy more stamps late Saturday 

Completely forgetting it was a big day for last-minute shoppers & window gazers. This is Printemps!

After I buy stamps, I usually go to Galerie Lafayette le Gourmet for a snack & browsing. Fortunately the Asian counter is never mobbed.

My go-to snack is an ‘omelette au poulet’. A hamburger-sized ball of noodles. Whether there is chicken or eggs in it I have no idea. If you know do tell🙏

The rest of the store was mobbed like Black Friday or like they were giving away stuff. They were not.

I started following pretty shopping bags 🛍️ 🙄

I followed these shopping bags

Down the escalator… 

Fun to see what Parisians are having for their big Christmas dinner.

They eat it on Christmas Eve (December 24th) – not Christmas Day & it’s called “Le Réveillon”. What do you have traditionally?

Hmm…🤔 Smoked salmon 🍣 is a traditional Parisian holiday food. 

Maison Verot charcuterie has a counter in GLG with very fancy pâté en croûte if you’re so inclined. I love ❤️ the pretty patterns. 

I guess it’s universal for everyone to don Santa hats & red Santa suits on their dogs. The bus driver was wearing one 🎅 And they were playing 🎵 Jingle Bells 🔔 in my Metro Station yesterday.

The bear 🐻 cub in bed bûche de Noël had not found a home yet. (Malmö Dodo-Biscuit amande, ganache légère Vanille de Madagascar, Caramel mou au beurre salé, pralinë pecan. 59€)

I didn't stick around to find out. Time to head home. The streets were mobbed so I walked over to Opera to catch my metro. 

Speaking of bears 🐻 Suki commented, 
I'm partial to bears. I have the small Ritz bear sitting in a small Luxembourg chair. Joyeux Noel to you and Bear,Carol. A seed was planted.

Yesterday I went back to The Ritz

For a second look at the bear 🐻 keychain. 

It was an easy choice. 
Hello Ritz Bear 🐻 
I took the bear inside for a few shots 📷 
A towering security guy came over & took my iPad away. 
He said, “I’ll show you how to take the picture! “ 
But he missed the little French girl 👧 in the background ☺️
Thank you for all your kind support & encouragement 🙏
XXX Carolg 🐻🐻 ❤️


  1. Merry Christmas from South Carolina! We always have fish chowder on Christmas Eve. Going to friends for Christmas dinner. We are having roast lamb and baked ham.

    1. Anonymous10:37 AM

      Fish chowder ❤️ Yum I miss that. Beth

  2. Bonnie L9:36 AM

    Yay! So glad you got another bear…Bear has a little bro’! Fun times at Lafayette Gourmet! I would have followed the guy with the huge Caviar bag home. We had whatever Davoli was making. 😉 Happy Holidays, Carol (and Bear & 2)!

    1. Anonymous10:36 AM

      Bear 🐻 has a bro. They are circling each other cautiously…

    2. Anonymous10:39 AM

      Hmm…that’s Petrossian Still very good 👍

  3. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Thank you for all the smiles you bring me with your posts ❤️

  4. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Merry Christmas from 13 st.

  5. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Merry Christmas from Little River, California. And thank you for the entertaining posts which bring back memories of our times in Paris.

    1. Anonymous12:14 PM

      My favorite song - Kate & Anna McGarrigle -Talk to me of Mendocino

    2. Anonymous10:58 AM

      Beautiful, thank you. I had never heard that before.

  6. Anonymous11:08 AM

    Merry Christmas Carol! So glad you got the cute little Ritz bear key chain for yourself. As always lovely photos of Paris life. Happy New Year!-Suzanne P.

    1. Anonymous12:06 PM

      Thanks Suzanne 🧸 I love shooting around Paris 📷 Always funny things to see

  7. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Merry Christmas ! Thanks for the glimpses of Paris life!

  8. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Am I miss remembering or was it Larry W who encouraged you to include Bear in your blogs? Merry Christmas to you and your bears! Annie

  9. Anonymous12:03 PM

    A very Merry Christmas from Iowa! Mary

  10. sukicart1:15 PM

    Carol. I'm flattered you mentioned me today and glad you got the little Ritz bear. Please tell Bear not to be concerned, he is still very special. Again, Merry Christmas.

    1. Anonymous3:49 PM

      Haha Thanks Suki ☺️ I’m very happy with the new addition 🙏

  11. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Thank you for bringing Paris to us! Your drawings are full of joy!

    1. Anonymous11:43 PM

      ✏️❤️✏️❤️✏️❤️✏️❤️ Thank you

  12. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Merry Christmas from Southwestern Florida where we enjoyed a roasted beef. tenderloin, polenta, roasted carrots, and strawberry salad, followed by a huge 5-layer Carrot Cake.
    Enjoy your Joyeux Noël ! Ann

    1. Anonymous11:42 PM

      YUM Carrot 🥕 🥕🥕 Cake!!

  13. Anonymous11:40 PM

    So cute! And he is the perfect size for the chair 💚 now your bear has a bear friend 🥰 Solli

  14. I thought he was taking your IPAD or good:( Smoked salmon etc was on my brunch buffet table too:)


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