Merry Christmas

“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room” — Nora Roberts

Christmas cat Simba and our tree.

With or without a Christmas tree, may your holiday season be filled with joy, love, laughter – and delicious food.

Scroll down for a few festive photos.

My balcony garden
Our view of nearby Menton and its blue Christmas lights.
A Russian Santa on skis, one of my holiday treasures. Note the blackbird on his head.
After the pre-Christmas rain.
Filippo, one of my three Christmas cats. Fortunately they have not tried to climb my precious tree.

Happy 2021. It will be better. We have hope. We have vaccines. We will not have Trump — at least not as president. Rejoice. We can be very, very happy.

More to come soon — including a report on my recent back surgery — it’s good.

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Happy Holidays

Twinkling lights on trees, houses and buildings are as much a part of Christmas as Santa and reindeer.  In a tiny hameau in the hills of Provence there’s an illumination extravaganza this holiday season that is a wonder to behold.cars4

Cars – French classics – gleam under the lights of magnificent chandeliers, most of which are antique.   The exhibition brings together his two passions, “cars and chandeliers,” says chandelier designer Regis Mathieu.  His company, Mathieu Lustrerie, creates high-end lights, as well as restores and replicates antique chandeliers.

At their showroom  numerous  glittering antique treasures, as well as some contemporary versions,  cast their lights on priceless automobiles – most of which you have probably never heard of:  1937 Delage, 1938 Delahaye, 1926 Hispano-Suiza…  There’s also a dazzling 2012 Bugati.cars7

It’s a delightfully different – and fascinating – take on holiday lights.

The nighttime exhibit runs daily, except on holidays, until Jan. 13,  from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.  (Hameau des Sauvans, Gargas)  www.mathieulustrerie.com

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten.cars16

For more on French Christmas, see my guest blog, “Christmas Feasting in France,” posted on Rantings of an Amateur Chef,  http://rantingchef.com  Special thanks to Lynne for the perfect accompanying food photos. 

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