We had to go to Paris this past weekend. Sunday to pick up Marc’s parents from the airport and Monday for Ellie’s appointment at the American embassy. Not that I’m complaining. Having to go to Paris is never a bad thing, and going at Christmas time is an awesome experience. We even got engaged in Paris over Christmas – four years ago to the day actually.
There’s so much more to do in Paris during the holidays. There’s the Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, ice skating with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, Christmas lights a-plenty and the Christmas market lining the Champs-Elyseés. Fresh crepes and waffles, Christmas beer and warm cups of vin chaud.
Of course, vin chaud is the star of every Christmas market in the country, but it’s especially festive when you’re roaming the glowing Parisian streets. There’s glowing from rain, not just Christmas lights, but it’s a beautiful sight to see.
Vin chaud has easily become one of my favorite Christmas traditions since we moved to France. I look forward to it every year, but I really wanted to try making it at home – in preparation for when we no longer live here. And, I think I’ve perfected the recipe.