I hosted mon père in my little Montorgueil flat in Paris over Christmas last year and on 25 December we wandered around the near-empty city during the day before sitting down for a three hour lunch at the magnificent Le Train Bleu at the Gare du Lyon.

Emma Louise Layla jumping for joy at the Louvre in Paris

Rue Montorgueil, 2eme, Paris
Rue Montorgueil

Here are some photos from those few days, walking around the deserted city from the Hotel de Ville ice skating rink to the Champs-Élysées Christmas market and steps of Sacré-Cœur, enjoying the beautiful winter sun and a relaxing two weeks off work.

Paris Christmas market ferris wheel
view from the top of the Christmas market ferris wheel

Beautiful Paris florist
beautiful Saint Germain florist

Hotel de Ville ice skating rink, Paris
Hotel de Ville ice skating

Paris carousel

Montmartre, Paris

Paris at sunset

Montmartre, Paris

Eiffel Tower and the River Seine, Paris

Pere Lachaise cemetary, Paris
Père Lachaise Cemetery

Sacre-Coeur basilica, Paris

The Seine river at dusk, Paris
dusk walk

Sacre-Coeur steps, Paris
Sacré-Cœur steps

Sacre-Coeur stained glass windows
Sacré-Cœur stained glass windows

Seine riverboat, Paris
Seine riverboats

Les Invalides, Paris

Empty Paris brasserie seats

Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower on Boxing Day