Sunday, 20 December 2009

Happy Christmas!

Joyeux Noël from Rouen, from its lights and its ice and its mediaeval streets, from the irritable shoppers and the hot spiced cider that will make it all okay again.

Joyeux Noël from the Christmas market, le village Quebecois and its tee-pee, from the steam-pipe carousel and the gingerbread smiles of the children, from the antique shops, the music, and the cut stones of the place, both old and new.

Joyeux Noël from the skaters, from the spotlit bats that swarm at the towers of the cathedral, and Joyeux Noël from the coldest clown I've ever seen.

Joyeux Noël from my little son's first snowman...

...and joyeux Noël from me.


  1. Very stylish snowman, you can tell he's French.

  2. Oh so different from the way it is here Downunder. Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog posts - I have enjoyed them. Purr!

  3. Merry Christmas! I want to live everywhere it's snowing!

    What an adorable little man - and the snowman's cute, too!

    Have a wonderful holiday.

  4. I'm so glad I only read this post AFTER I had found an alternative to the wretched Eurostar debacle or I would l have been in pieces! Can't wait to see you all, and Rouen too! xxx

  5. Joyeux Noël to you, too! Gorgeous photographs. Too beautiful to call pix. Thanks for sharing them.

    Beautiful child too. Have a Very Merry!

  6. So that's why you live in France! Lovely pictures! :)

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  7. I can see the bats!

  8. Hello there. Great shots you have taken. Happy Christmas from the other side of the waters. At least you are keeping the snowman tradition up. Over here we did not see a single one! Kids these days. Tut tut

  9. Wow, these are all gorgeous shots...looks like fun:-)

    Fun to find other writers on here, love your blog!

  10. Thanks for all the Christmas wishes and comments:)

    Phil, it's raining now and that snowman is all but forgotten, but we plan to do our part keeping Raymond Briggs relevant.

  11. Fab photos: love the way you've captured the colour and the light so well in the dark - clever you!


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