La Veille de Noel

Christmas Eve

Bercy village across the river.  it doesn't feel like paris anymore and there's no need to go there unless you need to buy something.  there is a park over there in that area and probably other stuff too so maybe its worth checking out again although i didn't see much on my bike ride around there.

from la coulée verte, which is like the highline in new york but way longer.  i only went about 200 meters on it before i decided i would do it another day when i had my wide lens.  on googlemaps it shoes that it goes from close to bastille all the way to the perpherique which is like the end of paris.  its loooong

I discovered a way cool street today, rue de charonne.  lots of cool hip shops, a few cafes including cafe pause and a few streets like this that make a U and come out the other side one street over.  and lots of courtyard entrance streets

some french dudes bought the distribution rights to feiyue, an ultra cheap crappy chinese shoe brand a few years ago and turned it into a cool thing.  they have some cool shoes in new designs.  i used to wear these for kung fu class years ago when they cost $10

this has got to be illegal.  these trash "bins" that are all over are just a hoop witha  trash bag hanging down.

this is what im talkin' about!  i love these entrance way corridor courtyard things.  most of the time they are private property but rue de charonne has a few that are open.  this one has a toy shop and who knows what else.  it was christmas eve so most things were closed.

looking back at the entrance from the other side

what the entrance looks like from across the street.  looks like its called passage l'homme.  well i guess these are called passages but theres gotta be more to this kind of architectual structure than that.

closing up to go home and celebrate xmas eve.

passage du chantier.  gotta check it out when everything is open.  lovin' the passages

the boats by bastille

xmas tree at our house

Bûche de Noël (yule log) is a traditional french dessert and is made with yellow sponge cake usually.  it tasted like there was a little rum or brandy soaked into the bottom which was nice.  the crazy part is how much they can get away with charging for these things, this one was 18 euros from our boulangerie down the street!!!!  This is definitely not worth it but it was my first xmas in paris so we go it.  There are plenty tastier desserts you can get with 18 euros or less.