A beautiful Christmas in Paris

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Last year I spent few days in Paris just before Christmas and the city of the light was looking even a bit more wonderful than at any other time of the year.  The streets, shopping centers, shop windows and monuments dress up to show their best and make you feel all the Christmas spirit.

One of the most impressive decorations every year is the one at the Lafayette Galleries. In 2014 they hung upside down a huge Christmas tree of lights in the Beauty department that you could see from all the floors.  Its shop windows also are one the most visited places this time of the year for tourists and locals; there are always queues to have a look at the thematic spaces. In 2014 it was all about cuddly monsters, a bit childish but full of fantasy, movement and festive season joy.  These galleries are definitely one of the best spots of Christmas in Paris.

If we talk about shop windows, France’s capital has another two shopping centers that congregate a lot of visitors too at the end of the year: Printemps (next to Lafayette Galleries) and Le Bon Marche (on the left side of the river or Rive gauche as they say in French) The last one’s deco was inspired by Santa Claus and the reindeers with a lot of movement and music all around its shop windows.

Moreover no one can’t miss wandering around the Place Vendome, with all its luxury jewelry shops and hotels and usually a very big Christmas tree (that year wasn’t that big because of the refurbishing of a hotel in the square)

Another must seen Christmas deco spot are the Champs Elysees and the Avenue George V, where you can see beautiful shop windows at great luxury stores like Louis Vuitton, that try to surprise with new ideas every year.

Finally, but not the last place to see is Paris’ most visited monument, the Eiffel Tower, that always looks beautiful. I was lucky to take some shots from the Champs de Mars with almost no tourists in a foggy night and the great lighting of the tower wit thousands of lights.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and get some inspiration to visit Paris in these special dates.

Happy New Year!

(Versión en español más abajo)

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El año pasado tuve la suerte de poder disfrutar de unos días en París, justo antes de Navidad. En esas fechas la ciudad de la luz está aún más espectacular que en cualquier otra época del año. Las calles, centros comerciales, escaparates y los monumentos se engalanan para enseñar su mejor cara y hacerte sentir todo el espíritu navideño.

Una de las decoraciones más impresionantes de cada año es la que preparan en las Galerías Lafayette. En 2014 colocaron boca abajo un árbol de Navidad enorme de luces sobre el departamento de belleza, que se podía ver desde todas las plantas. También sus escaparates son uno de los destinos preferidos por turistas y locales en esta época del año; siempre hay colas para echar un vistazo a sus míticas vitrinas. Ese año la temática estaba basada en ventanas con monstruos de peluche, un poco infantiles, pero llenos de fantasía, movimiento y de alegría festiva. Estas galerías son uno de los mejores lugares que se pueden visitar en París en Navidad.

Y si hablamos de escaparates, la capital francesa tiene otros dos centros comerciales que también reciben muchos visitantes a finales de año: Printemps (al lado de las Gallerías Lafayette) y Le Bon Marche (en la orilla izquierda del río o River Gauche como dicen los franceses) La inspiración de este último cuando yo lo visité eran Papá Noel y sus renos, con mucho movimiento y música en todos sus ventanales.

Además, algo que todo el mundo debe hacer es perderse por la Plaza Vendome, con todas sus joyerías de lujo, hoteles y normalmente un árbol de Navidad enorme (que ese año no era tan grande debido a las obras de reforma de un hotel de la plaza)

Otros de los destinos navideños por excelencia son los Campos Elíseos y la Avenida George V, donde puedes encontrar preciosos escaparates de tiendas de lujo como Louis Vuitton, que se engalanan para la ocasión con sorprendentes ideas cada año.

Finalmente, pero no el último lugar que ver, estaría el monumento más visitado de París, la Torre Eiffel, que siempre luce preciosa. Tuve la suerte de sacar algunas fotos desde el Campo de Marte con muy pocos turistas en una noche de niebla, en las que torre luce fantástica con miles de luces intermitentes.

Espero que disfrutéis de las fotos y que encontráis inspiración si vais a visitar París en estas fechas.

¡Feliz Año nuevo!

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Credits: Alicia Prados

Olympic shop windows II

The Olympics are finally over…and after the big concert of the closing ceremony and the Spice Girls (yes, I liked them when I was a teenager and was quite exciting to see them again together) it is time to go back to normal. London will recover its usual life but we still have some sporty windows to remember all the medals and amazing finals of the last weeks.

Which store windows are your favorite? I really like the Bershka and H&M ones and Topshop couldn´t show more how proud they are of being British!

Are you in the mood for some sport or work out? I think with this stylist ideas I really am…

xoxo

Brooks Brothers

Mango

Barbour

The Sting

Berskha

H&M

Topshop

Accessorize

River Island

Pull & Bear

Dorothy Perkins

Forever 21

The Nike House of Innovation at Selfridges

Pictures: Alicia Prados

Olympic shop windows

This week the blog is all about the Olympics…I´m sorry if you are not a sports fan but can´t leave the opportunity to share with you how this city is enjoying this worldwide event. Now is time for the shop windows, most of them supporting the GB team!!

Tomorrow, another post about the London 2012 amazing shop windows!

Do you think they could have done it better?

xoxo


Pictures: Alicia Prados

New York: Greenwich village market

My first day in New York was great…My plane arrived quite early (before 9), so I left my suitcase in the apartment and went to walk around the city with my camera and a big bottle of water (It was nice and sunny). Something that I really like about Manhattan was the life in the streets, there were a lot of people enjoying the good weather in the parks, the markets… a lot of families and cool couples with dogs (How can they have big dogs in such small apartments?). The atmosphere was very friendly and calm…it looked like the life in a small village, quite far of the image of New York that I had before visiting it.

I took these pictures on a Saturday in Greenwich Village, not far from the Marc Jacobs stores and the famous Magnolia Bakery (All the Sex and the City addicts know about it!)

Hope you feel the same than me with some photos ;)

xoxo


Credits: Alicia Prados