The little town of Chalons-en-Champagne
was one site of our anniversary celebration
in the Champagne region.
We knew our actual anniversary
would be filled with a lovely crowd...
So a few days before that,
we stole away before family arrived in Paris
and before descending on other family members
for the big holiday.
Like every city in France,
she dressed up for the holidays.
Most people don't know this
but I collect sleighs.
The Christmas ornaments on my mantel
are always laced with big and little sleighs
filled with sparkly presents and glittering fruit.
My grandmother made all of our stockings growing up.
We each had one with her own little design on it.
Mine was a sleigh
and I've loved them ever since.
Below, the sweet little square where we finally found a hotel.
Forgot just how many hotels are closed during the off season.
And sadly, I missed getting photos of the Christmas market
which wound it's way along a walking street behind the square.
A freezing cold evening so,
after spending the afternoon hunting closed hotels in icy air,
we didn't spend much time walking the Christmas Fair.
But before dinner at our hotel,
we did walk the full square and had a glass of champagne
at one modern and one traditional place.
Fun to have one in each!
Next time a few photos
of the interior of the oldest church in town.
hope 2017 is treating you with kindness.
How about that March this past weekend!!
What a beautiful, peaceful coming together of women,
all over the WORLD!
The Divine Feminine Rises.
(Photographs copyright: Kirsten Steen)