Paris Lights Sightseeing with Amy Plum

12/21/2012 8:10AM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Author Guest Posts

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It has begun. Our official journey into our holiday author takeover here at Epic Reads. Throughout the week on this Pitch Dark and Story Crush blogs you will be bombarded with stories of holiday cheer, holiday horror, survival tips and New Year’s Resolutions from many of our beloved authors.

Kicking things off, please welcome Amy Plum, author of Die for Me, Until I Die and the final book in the trilogy, If I Should Die – coming this spring!

As we all know, Amy lives in Paris, so for her holiday post, she’s taking us on a sightseeing tour of the Christmas lights in Paris!


Paris Lights Sightseeing with Amy Plum

You all know by now how magical I find Paris. But at Christmas time, the city waves its wand and floods its parks, streets, and stores with holiday spirit. I took a little walk around town to get these photos for you. Just loop your arm through mine, pull your scarf up around your face (it’s COLD!) and get ready for an evening of Paris Christmas lights sightseeing!

See the Paris lights with Amy Plum and Pitch Dark!
The Big Wheel is up at the corner of the Tuileries Gardens, looking out over the Place de la Concorde toward a glowing Eiffel Tower in the distance.


And here’s another view from Place de la Concorde looking toward the Louvre, with the Obelisk of Luxor in the foreground!


A magical merry-go-round.


Giant Christmas tree at the Tuileries.


These festive Christmas stands line the eastern end of the Champs-Elysees.


And here is the Champs-Elysees looking toward the Arc de Triomphe.


And another view…


All of the streets have their own decorations, but this view of the rue de Rivoli is particularly stunning!


The skating rink set up in front of Paris’s Town Hall (Hotel de Ville).


And just across the street, one of my favorite stores dressed up for the holidays: BHV! (Bazar de l’hotel de ville)


And we will end our Christmas tour with one of a million little shopping streets in the middle of Paris.

Joyeux Noël to you all, and I hope that Père Noël brings you everything your heart desires!


Amy’s Holiday Gift of Choice: Paris vs. New York Postcard Set from ModCloth
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User Comments 54 comments

  1. December 21, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Those are some cool Christmas light! I like the hoop things around the trees. And those banner lights over the street.

  2. December 21, 2012 | 9:14 pm

    OMG! Paris is as gorgeous as I have always imagined it to be! Thank you for the awesome pictures!

  3. December 21, 2012 | 9:22 pm

    How amazing! Beautiful pictures.

  4. December 21, 2012 | 9:26 pm

    Beautiful Sights. Love the lights!

  5. December 21, 2012 | 9:59 pm

    This post est fantastique! (: I want to go to Paris so badly! It looks absolutely gorgeous.

  6. December 21, 2012 | 10:39 pm

    Such stunning lights! This reminds me of going to see Zoo lights as a kid :)

  7. December 22, 2012 | 12:56 am

    I am going to Paris in march and I am sosososossosoossososoosos excited to see sl these sights!!! They look so gorgeous in pics I can’t wait for the things!!!

  8. December 22, 2012 | 2:56 am

    Wow Paris looks so pretty!!! I can’t wait to see Paris in the future hopefully… :D

  9. December 22, 2012 | 3:10 am

    SO PRETTY! city of lights, indeed. what a coincidence about the Paris vs. New York gift because I discovered them yesterday and was all heart eyed.

  10. December 22, 2012 | 3:38 am

    The Paris Christmas lights are amazing.

  11. December 22, 2012 | 4:50 am

    Wow!! Those lights are so amazing! I bet they look even better in person! And that Paris vs. New York postcard set looks so cute! Two places I will see someday!
    Thank you for an incredible giveaway & good luck everyone!

  12. December 22, 2012 | 5:59 am

    If I had the choice to live anywhere in the world my thoughts wouldn’t be able to decide between San Francisco or pairs.

  13. December 22, 2012 | 8:03 am

    I love Paris, but I have not been during winter. these photos are so beautiful. I love that every street has its own decorations. gorgeous!

  14. December 22, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    Now I want to go to Paris and see it at Christmastime in person.

  15. December 22, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    How beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. December 22, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    OMG!!! The lights and the decorations are just so beautiful… Makes it seem like a magical wonder land.. Wish we had decorations like that here!! Thanks for showing us this!!!

  17. December 22, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    I love the view from place du tertre, It just gives me a little bit of perspective. I would’ve loved to visit Paris around christmas time, I bit it’s absolutely lovely.

  18. December 22, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the tour of Paris at Christmas, Amy! It is beautiful and romantic and everything I’ve thought Paris would be. Hope to get there one day in person, but LOVE being taken there with Kate and Vincent and the while DFM gang. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

  19. December 22, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    The pictures are great! I’ve always wanted to go to Paris, it is such a beautiful city, especially in winter. The prize looks really cool, thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  20. December 22, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    I love Paris! The lights make me want to visit it as soon as I can.!! It even inspired me to take French instead of spanish.

  21. December 22, 2012 | 8:29 pm

    Wow… so pretty! :)

  22. December 23, 2012 | 4:46 am

    Very nice

  23. December 23, 2012 | 6:36 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures, I’m dying to visit Paris one day. Thank you for sharing them with us!!

  24. December 23, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Very pretty. I love the sights of the holiday season. I am Canadian and in my area we have a large ‘festival of lights’ that is truly amazing.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…everyone.

  25. December 23, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Ahhh Paris, exactly how I imagined it! **sigh** Thanks so much Amy Plum, for showing us around your city during Christmastime :)

  26. December 23, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    Very pretty and festive! Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

  27. December 23, 2012 | 7:12 pm

    The photos are beautiful. I SO want to go to Paris one day

  28. December 23, 2012 | 7:25 pm

    I am so jealous! I want to see those beautiful lights in person! Amy Plum is so lucky to live in Paris. Maybe some day I will be able to go there!

  29. December 23, 2012 | 8:40 pm

    J’adore Paris! I was there once during the holidays and it truly is a magical time. I love your photos, made me miss it so much more than I thought I could. Thanks for the beautiful tour! Happy Holidays!

  30. December 23, 2012 | 9:21 pm

    Those pictures are ABSOLUTELY stunning!!! I’d love to visit in person!

  31. December 24, 2012 | 1:29 am

    Oh, how I miss Paris at Christmastime! Thank you for sharing your pictures, Amy…makes me feel less homesick. :)

  32. December 24, 2012 | 3:09 am

    Paris is so beautiful! So many twinkling, gorgeous lights!(:

  33. December 25, 2012 | 10:58 pm

    Wow those are some absolutely beautiful lights! I would give just about anything to go to Paris. One day I truly hope I can go!

  34. December 25, 2012 | 11:53 pm

    Loved the pictures!

  35. December 26, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    Youve sold me on Paris!! I want to go now! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

  36. December 26, 2012 | 7:37 pm

    How lovely is this post! I hope that one day, I will be able to spend Christmas in Paris and see all these gorgeous lights for myself.

  37. December 26, 2012 | 8:55 pm

    Paris is lovely all decked out in lights. Now I really, really want to travel overseas and see all the places. =)

  38. December 26, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    I love the lights!!!!!! The pictures are beautiful. I really want to go to Paris-even more now!

  39. December 27, 2012 | 6:42 am

    Paris is definitely one of the places I have been dreaming to travel to! Just a lovely and lively place to spend your time with someone special. Gorgeous pictures btw.

  40. December 27, 2012 | 7:06 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE all the lights!!

  41. December 27, 2012 | 7:58 pm

    Love the postcards, and love Paris at night and at Christmas…oh, to travel now…

  42. December 29, 2012 | 5:59 am

    Paris is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures:)

  43. December 30, 2012 | 4:01 am

    Wow. Those are some insane lights. I hope I can see them in person some day.

  44. December 31, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    Those are beautiful pictures! I have to admit that I’ve always wanted to go to Germany around Christmas time to see the Christmas Markets.

  45. January 1, 2013 | 1:04 am

    I loved Paris when I visited in grade 12 it was so beautiful! I wish to visit again some day!!! Thanks for the awesome pictures and giveaway!!

  46. January 1, 2013 | 1:17 am

    Very beautiful. I wish I was in Paris at night during Christmas!! Thanks for sharing :D

  47. January 1, 2013 | 6:38 pm

    That’s Beautiful! I wish I had the chance to live in the City of Lights!

  48. January 2, 2013 | 3:38 am

    Loved the pictures, they are so pretty. I wish I was there.

  49. January 2, 2013 | 7:53 pm

    OMG, those pictures are amazing. Paris is such a stunning city. I hope to go one of these days!

  50. January 3, 2013 | 12:52 am

    One of these days I will go to Paris!

  51. January 3, 2013 | 12:57 am

    You’ve convinced me! Not only will I travel to Paris one day but I WILL GO NEAR CHRISTMAS!! J’adore parler en français (I love to speak in french), I wish I knew more….

  52. January 7, 2013 | 7:26 pm

    The winner of the notecard set is BOOKISHGIRL. Congrats!

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