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Europe celebrates Christmas markets

Since I can’t leave my beloved Paris, the Christmas Market came to the City of Lights’ Hôtel de Ville (as the French calls its City Hall).

I’m just a hop and a skip away so I took the opportunity to go there on a week evening when crowds were practically nonexistent. The new protocol has made me into a model citoyen. 

There’s usually a skating rink in its place but this year, to celebrate the holidays, Paris parked more than its share of pine trees and decorated it with such flair.

I kept pinching myself if I didn’t shrink to Tom Thumb proportions and found myself in a Christmas diorama from Bamboo Tonogbanua’s iconic panorama.

Notre Dame nears major renovation with a new “surprise twist”; right, elegant and simply extravagant Paris!*
Fairy forest landscape display at Paris’ City Hall plaza*
The centuries old Paris Government City Hall is the perfect background for the world to focus on fragile NATURE*
Enchanted village for elves, fairies and mice*
Nonoy Campos and ELG waiting for elves; middle, the Centre Georges Pompidou behind the A Christmas tree; right, Nonoy Campos poses w ELG in front of a Yuletide diorama*
ELG with a cauldron of potatoes – winter comfort food; middle, Alsace Lorraine takeout at 10€ each; right, I luv French artisans!*

Still a believer in magic and fairies, elves and whatever that sparkles, the photos I hope our editors will take into consideration and share all with you, Dahlinks.

My profoundest gratitude for hitting on my column. Even seasoned politicians get a kick reading what I’m complaining about these days, although ever since I’m in the FIRST WORLD, I’m quite happy to be where I am. 

Un très JOYEUX NÖEL and a most prosperous New Year! Cross your fingers Negros.

MY PRAYER. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4–7, NIV*

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