Monday, January 28, 2013

La Défense Christmas Market, Paris

Paris is offering many free activities for those who want to enjoy the holiday festivities.
Christmas markets in Paris are always enjoyable to visit.
There are several markets in Paris, including the ones on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and at Trocadero.

I lived in Paris for over 2 years, but last year in December was my first visit to Christmas market at La Defense. I went to see the other markets, but I didn't know there is also one in La Defense.

La Defense is the business district of Paris. I have seen it in the distance many times, but never went to visit the skyscrapers and well known Grand Arche.
I was nicely surprised. The Christmas Village on the square at La Defense is the largest Christmas Village in Paris and it is worth the visit.  
It takes over a massive space of more than 10,000m² beneath the towering skyscrapers of La Defense.

This market has many wooden chalets with traditional arts and crafts, wood carving to glass ornaments, jewelery and festive decorations, including its famous red carpet. 
The Christmas market stalls at La Defense sell everything from sausages, salami, nutella crepes, churros, cheese from the Alpes and of course fois gras. There is also live musical entertainment and plenty of places to stop for a glass of mulled wine, cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate. If you get tired, there are plenty of wooden chalets with tables, chairs and heat lamps. 
So you can sit and enjoy the ambience of Christmas.

Don't forget to visit a huge shopping center right next to the Christmas market. The shopping mall features a large selection of shops, a beauty salons, lots of restaurants and bars.

Metro: La Defense (line 1, last stop)

RER: La Defense

Red carpet glamour at the Christmas market at La Defense

That's me, standing on the red carpet

Towering skyscrapers of La Defense

La Defense - the largest Christmas Village in Paris

Get into the spirit of Christmas

The shopping mall at La Defense

La Grande Arche de La Defense

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hallmark Christmas movies

Are you missing Christmas?
Are you still in Christmassy mood?
Well, it's only January, outside is cold, so why not sit down in your warm living room and get back in time with Hallmark Christmas movies.
I have to say I became a huge fun as soon as I found out that I can watch all movies on youtube.

Matchmaker Santa (2012)  

As a little girl, Melanie Hogan wished to find her own prince charming just like her parents found true love. 
Lacey Chabert, Florence Henderson, John Ratzenberger, Adam Mayfield and Donovan Scott, star in Matchmaker Santa, the story of a woman in love with a workaholic named Justin who winds up stranded with his assistant Dean, in a small romantic town at Christmas time.

A Bride for Christmas (2012) 


A Bride for Christmas shares the story of a young woman who cancels her third engagement as she stands at the altar and is determined not to have another serious relationship until she meets the right man. She meets a young man who (unknown to her) is trying to win a bet that he can convince a woman to marry him by this Christmas...

Holiday Engagement (2011) 
Hillary (Bonnie Somerville) got dumped just before Thanksgiving. She won a free trip to Mexico for two, but decided to offer the tickets as a reward to any good looking guy who would agree to go home with her for the holiday. 
Her family, her mother especially (Shelley Long) is so anxious for her daughter to get married, that the pressure will be intense if she comes home alone. So David (Jordan Bridges), an out of work actor applies for the job. But the two have a difficult time trying to pass themselves off as lovers to the family when they hardly know each other. But as the days pass, they find themselves being attracted to each other. 
Can they turn the act into the real thing by Christmas?


Call me Mrs. Miracle (2010) 


A family-owned department store is struggling to sell toys during the holiday when a mysterious employee shows up and begins to work miracles. 
On top of giving sales a boost, her magic touch also mends the family's relationships and creates new ones. 
Debbie Macomber's as Mrs. Miracle. 
Also starting Jewel Staite, Eric Johnson and Lauren Holly.



Mrs. Miracle (2009)


Overwhelmed widower Seth Webster is searching for a housekeeper to help him with his unruly six year old twin sons. "Mrs. Miracle" mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend... and matchmaker. 
Based on the novel by Debbie Macomber.  

Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

Trudie (Mellissa Joan Hart) is a struggling artist who was working as a waitress and heading to a log cabin to spend Christmas with her family. 
Until a big problem occurs ... as she is about to leave with her boyfriend Nick, he breaks up with her. 
In a panic Trudie then kidnaps stranger David ( Mario Lopez) and intends on passing him off as her boyfriend Nick. 
It is a good TV movie about enduring the holidays and how sometimes we have to be forced to realize what we really need.

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