A huge inflatable snowman swaying slightly outside a restaurant.
A tree with shiny balls and glittery tinsel appearing suddenly next to the lift in my building's lobby.
Lights strung up above the street and illuminated words such as 'Rue de Commerce' and 'Joyeuses Fêtes' brightening up the sky.
Shop windows covered in white powder and Monoprix opening on Sundays.
A nip in the air and wooly hats and scarves everywhere.
Big bright shopping bags taking over the metro.
Whiskey advertisements taking over the walls.
Homeless heaps of human trash sleeping on metal grids in the middle of the street trying to absorb some of the warm air spewing up from the bowels of the city.
People hurrying on by, trying to beat closing time.
Looks like Christmas is upon us again.
© Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free 2005
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