Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas on a Great Street

This year Orchard Road celebrates 30 years of Christmas lights along the 2.88 stretch of road.
A photographic exhibition outside Shaw House showcases both the Christmas Lights over the years and celebrations on Orchard Rd on Christmas Day when the road is closed to traffic.
This years lights and decorations are multicoloured to represent Singapore's diversity as Singapore prepares to celebrate 50 years of independence next year.
Twelve of the major shopping malls will also be competing for the best dressed shopping mall which is determined by public votes.
The lights were switched on by Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam on the 15th of November and will run to January the 1st.




One of the many spots to have a photo taken for tourists



This section of lights has the Christmas tree motive



This section has the snowflake and the lights are blue



Lamp post 



Snowflake




Gateway to the main shopping stretch



Stars and lights dangle from the trees



Stars and globes hangs from the trees that line Orchard Rd




Hearts featured in this section of lights 




Multi -coloured stars



Orchard Central shopping centre



Orchard Central shopping centre


Centrepoint shopping centre




Orchard Gateway shopping centre


One of the many Christmas trees that line Orchard Rd




Mandarin Gallery shopping centre



Mandarin Gallery shopping centre



Takashimaya department store


Ion shopping centre


The tree at Ion


Inside the Ion tree



Tangs department store



Trees in Scots Road



Paragon shopping centre



Monday, 15 December 2014

A day in Paris



Taking advantage of the quick and seamless crossing on the Eurostar train to Paris was a great opportunity to see Paris in December and in festive  mode.
Despite the weather being extremely cold and the sky grey , the day was fine and enabled a full day of sightseeing without the need for umbrellas.
The major departments stores had crowds lining up to see the Christmas windows and roasted Chestnut sellers were doing a good trade until the police came by and they picked up their stands and fled!
The Champs-Élysées had a huge European style Christmas market with food, mulled wine and craft stalls. An  ice skating rink was also set up  and seemed to be very popular with adults and children.



Christmas trees on sale in the street


Galeries Lafayette department store windows


Galeries Lafayette department store


Upside down Christmas tree in Galeries Lafayette department store




Printemps department store



Printemps department store windows



Printemps department store windows



Printemps department store windows



Printemps department store windows



Printemps department store

Printemps department store

Printemps department store 





Printemps department store 

Tiffany's store window


Printemps department store 


Christmas markets on the Champs-Élysées



Christmas ornament seller




Christmas markets on the Champs-Élysées 


Gingerbread and Stollen seller




Ferris wheel on the Place de la Concorde 



Champs-Élysées 




Eiffel tower in winter