It's snowing! Paris is white, beautiful and very very quiet.
I went on a long detour to get the croissants this morning. It is often said that Montmartre is like a village. Today it really felt one. People were walking in the middle of the streets as they were less treacherous than the pavements. Occasionally a car passed, but it was moving so slowly you could barely hear it. I mainly heard the crump crump of my boots in the snow.
Oddly, The park up on Avenue Junot was open (usually all public playgrounds are closed as soon as it snows). St Denis was looking even more forlorn than usual.
Here is the Place de Tertre. It was hard to take a photo that didn't have a gazillion people taking a photo in it.
The artists were not doing a lot of painting.
I've always loved this 'atelier' on rue Orchampt.
The flowers in the window boxes are valiantly struggling to survive against all odds.
Coming down these stairs was quite treacherous. Looking up them was quite magical.
The snow covered domes of the Sacré Coeur were camouflaged against the white sky.
Here is the Père Noël, this snowfall seems to be confusing him.
And here is a brave boatman rowing through the icy waters of Montmartre.
In the UK, taking your Christmas decorations down after the 6th of January brings bad luck, so they say. In the France they don't seem to have this superstition. Christmas decorations hang suspended across the streets of Paris as late as February and March. There is a small delicatessen near us where the Christmas decorations hanging across the shop front stay there 12 months a year. Hey, why take them down, when you just have to put them up again?
Through out the whole of January Christmas trees appear on the pavements of Paris. Strewn around lampposts.
Tossed in gutters.
Here the tree has been dismembered.
Some body is making an effort here. It's IN a bin and everything.
Here the Christmas tree has been put in a biodegradable gold plastic bag. Apparently this is no longer what one should do, there are drop off points where you can take your Christmas trees all over Paris. They should not be left there in bags, and even less so dumped in the street.
Here the road cleaning heros of Paris are taking away a truck load of badly diposed of Christmas trees.
And here somebody is simply having a wee joke.
I spotted the below tree after writing the above post. That's no mean achievement to get that tree up there. I shall be keeping an eye on it to see how long it stays there. Watch this space!
Apparently in 2011, 29 000 trees were collected from official disposal points in Paris and in 2012 this figure had gone up to 37 000. People are learning. The hope is that in 2013 the figure will be greater still.