20-27 November: Illuminations, Black Friday, DJ Snake, and birthdays!

Salut tout le monde !

So, this past week was a very eventful week to say the least. Last Monday, Frédérique and I went to see the Illuminations on the Champs-Élysées, which is kind of how the Champs kick off the holiday season. While the Marché de Noël was already set up, the lights on the Champs don’t kick off until the last full week of November. This event is pretty cool, because they have a celebrity and two young kids at the event. They are accompanied by the Mayor of Paris and other figures. This year, it was Teddy Riner, the judo athlete. They hold a countdown and then they press a button and confetti blows down and the lights on the trees illuminate. It was such a great time! Afterwards, we walked around the area and checked out some of the stands at the market.

The next couple of days were pretty boring, but then Thursday came around. Thursday evening, my friend Molly, who lives near Dijon, came to visit me for the weekend! My friend, Jaggar, and I went for a quick drink and then met up with her to eat dinner. Friday morning, we got up and went shopping, only to find out that Black Friday is an actual thing in Paris, so we got ahold of some nice deals! I then headed to work, and after a quick coffee break, we headed back to my place to get ready for Friday night’s events. We had purchased tickets to see DJ Snake about a month and a half ago, so we were super excited to see him. We also had a soirée d’anniversaire afterwards, which was a costume party based off of a film/tv character. As you guessed it, we had to go to the concert in costume, since we were going there right after, which is why I went to the concert dressed as Bambi. Saturday, we took it very easy. We went to Breakfast in America, Shakespeare & Co., and Gibert Jeune for some books. Afterwards, we met up with Frédérique and hung out with her and her puppy, Milo!  After dinner, we called it a night.

Sunday, we headed out to breakfast at my boulangerie, as well as the Marché Saint-Eustache Les Halles, which is an open-air market open on Thursdays and Sundays. We walked around and got briouats at the Moroccan stand and fruits at the produce stand. Then, we walked around Rue Montorgueil a bit and went shopping (again) before she had to head back. Overall, it was a very good week, but now I’m exhausted!

Here are some pictures from the past week:

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A poor picture of Teddy Riner & co. with the button for the Illuminations

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The lights sur les Champs, ft. the Arc de Triomphe


Pre-concert selfie


DJ Snake


Anniv d’Anaëlle, de gauche à droit: Molly, Anaëlle, Frédérique et moi





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