The City of Lights, indeed. I have visited Paris many times in the past 30 years, and the city never fails to impress. The last 2-3 visits in particular have solidified my extreme fondness for the city. A leisurely stroll by the river in early evening, capturing scenes such as these, are one of the simplest joys to experience…
These photos were taken in Late November, but for many years, I have toyed with the idea of hosting a dinner or two with a “Christmas in July” theme. Not that I want to move Christ’s birthday (do they really know what exact date that is? apparently not), rather I want to take advantage of the summer lull and make merry so that guests aren’t overloaded with dinner obligations during the hectic run-up to December 25th each year. The meal would be easy to arrange, but the tree, decor, abundance of presents and delicacies and baked goods in the house that just screams holidays is not so easy do in the middle of the rainy season!
It just so happens that a good friend, who has since moved back to France after nearly 20 years based in Manila, has emailed Mrs. MM to let us know she may be in town in December so we have to remember to invite her to one of our holiday dinners. It is the earliest “request” we have ever received for our holiday get-togethers. And we are amused to say the least. Not to worry, E & S, we would be happy to hold a holiday dinner for you anytime you are back in Manila. :)
So while the photos of Christmas trees in front of the Notre Dame cathedral may seem wacky in late July, let me remind you that it’s highly likely in just 5 short weeks time, you will be listening to the radio, and lo and behold, the first Christmas carol of the Philippine holiday season will be playing. I kid you not, come September 1, chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire… :)