Sunday's picture and a song - Signs of Christmas and Autumn Leaves in Paris
Take a close look at the people in the photo. Do you see the plastic tubes that they're putting around the tree? Those are the Christmas lights that will adorn the Avenue des Champs Elysees during the holiday season.
I'm not sure when they'll illuminate the lights on the Champs Elysees, but British singer Charlie Winston will illuminate the Christmas tree and the store front windows at Galeries Lafayette on Blvd. Haussmann at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday (November 8), while Karl Lagerfield and Vanessa Paradis will do the honors for Printemps on Blvd Haussmann on Wednesday (November 9) evening.
As "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" in Paris, I thought about including a YouTube video of that song. Family tradition, however, strictly prohibits me from listening to Christmas carols until we're doing the dishes after stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner. So, I'll just have to wait...
In the meantime, here's French singer and actor Yves Montand singing Les Feuilles Morts "Autumn Leaves". Along with "California Dreamin'", it's the song that I found myself humming last week as golden leaves drifted to the ground.
When will you start decorating for the holidays -- or is it too early to think about it?
And here's Edith Piaf singing it in English:
Thanks to "my friends in Boston" who recommended Eva Cassidy's version.
It's hauntingly beautiful.