Dear fellow Paris-philes. Just returned from what i can only explain as the most magical experience I have ever had.
Stayed at L'Ermitage in the Montmartre which was new for me, as I always stay in Le Marais. I was very happy there and at at the Hope Cafe on rue Caulincourt just down the road. The owners are fantastic. I had "Thanksgiving" dinner there - dined alone - and met some great people. We all closed the place down after wonderful and fun conversation.
I walked all around the city, only taking the train 3 times and a cab twice because I was returning after the trains stopped running. Bought some amazing scarves, oils from my favorite huilirie (sp?) on rue Jacob, chocolates from a few amazing stores, pastries that were simply orgasmic and great Indian at Darjeeling near the Champs. Had an otherworldly experience at the cafe at Jean Paul Hevin on rue Saint Honore with chocolate chaud fromboise and aphrodesiac with ginger and a slice of indescribable gateau and three macarons. Bought chestnuts on the street and cafe all around the city to stay awake.
Bought goodies at the Grand Epicerie at Bon Marche and chocolate custard double decker filled pastries on the walk down from the Montmartre as well.
Saw the Sacre Coeur lit up at night with the pink tinged Paris sky in contrast to the while glowing stone. Walked over the bridge above the Cemetery Montmartre with its graffiti serving as a stark contrast to the sacredness of the place below.
Was intoxicated by the aroma at Mariage des Freres tea shop in the Marais and disappointed that they weren't open to seat customers when I was there.
Took the chocolate walking tour with Paris Walks and there were so many samples, I couldn't finish them all. Saw the gardens at the Palais Royal. Rode the ferris wheel in the Place Concorde. Walked the Champs Elysee with the Christmas Market and the trees all lit up. Was cold, but people's energy created warmth on the street.
More to come when I'm more awake tomorrow...