Monday, 21 December 2009

Magic In The Air



Veg Plotting kindly invited us to do Festive Sparkly this December for her 'Out On The Streets' quarterly theme. I was hoping to get into Liverpool this weekend to return to Chavasse Park but himself has had other plans for me. The week before Christmas is not the best time to undergo a small operation but luckily it was a minor one and has gone well. It has meant though that I have been at his beck and call and that shopping has gone on the back burner. Just as well that it is really now just food shopping that is left. Hopefully I will get into Liverpool before the end of the year camera in hand but in the meantime here's some festive sparkle from the streets of Strasbourg and Colmar taken earlier in this month. There was certainly much of it evidence ~

Bears perched everywhere ~







There were hearts and stars too ~







An entire shop appeared to have a false festive facade. Click on the photo to see the little owl peering out from high above ~



Restuarants wore their seasonal finery ~



Here you can see the stork which is the emblem of the Alsace region ~







I would have liked to have dined here but where would my plate fit in?



Trees,statues and planters joined in the Christmas party too ~



This statue is a tribute to the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who designed 'The Statue of Liberty'. He was born in the house you can see in the photo ~





In the centre of Colmar ~







As for my favourite piece of festive frivolity you can see it at the top of this post. You will have to look carefully but out of the boughs surrounding the owls, rainbow soap bubbles floated out into the air - absolute magic.

19 comments:

  1. What wonderful scenes, Anna. I loved the owls and the bubbles too. It appears that whole facade is painted, the one with the owl at the top? How marvelous! I love the silver painted branches they used for the windows too, with the red ornaments.
    Frances

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  2. Thank you for the festive tour, Anna, your photos are beautiful ... how I would love to one day visit these lovely streets! Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and 'O Happy Day' ... 'Ring Out, Solstice Bells'!

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  3. Wow! What wonderful festive decorations. I loved looking at these photo's. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them with us. Fantastic!

    RO :o)

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  4. Delightful pictures, I'm so glad you shared them with us. I especially loved the teddy bear building. And as for the restaurant tables, I am as puzzled as you, how in the world does one fit a plate on there?

    Holiday wishes from Alaska,

    Christine at Last Frontier Garden

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  5. Strange synchronicity - my dearly beloved has also had a small op on Saturday! Great photos. Have a good Christmas and I would love to meet you sometime in the New Year. We really can't be that far away from each other.

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  6. Hi Anna~~ This certainly makes our single strand of colored lights a bit mundane. These decorations are fabulous. All the better thanks to the use of real evergreens. I love this organic approach, with the sticks and bows and faux animals. I do see the bubbles! Dazzling! Hope hubby is feeling better soon.

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  7. Anna:
    And after this wonderful post, I truly feel that the festive spirit is upon me. Fabulous decorations with a wonderfully earthy, organic, natural feel to them. Hope himself is soon back to... himself!~ Wishing you and yours the merriest of holiday seasons.

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  8. Wonderful and Magical... makes me feel like a child again. Love the bubbles ... beautifully done everyone! Great photos! Happy Holidays! Happy Winter Solstice! Carol

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  9. Simply magical! I, too, need to run outside and add much more ornamentation to my house!

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  10. Love these photos. The decorations are so different from anything we have here... I love seeing things from France!

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  11. Thank you for sharing such great pictures of the decorations there! It is magical!

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  12. Owls, polar bears, teddy bears and hearts! I think the Christams spirit not only visits here, it keeps a permanent second residence here - lovely!

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  13. Anna,
    What beautiful and festive scenes. I love the bubbles and all of the bears. I would love to walk through and take it all in...

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  14. Fantastic Anna - they really do show ours up as being rather mundane don't they? I love it that so much real greenery's been used. It must have smelled wonderful as well as looking good on the eye!

    Thanks for your second episode of OOTS - I'll make sure your URL is added to Mr Linky so that others will make their way over here...

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  15. Some of them sort of corny but definitely fun! And fun to see. Thanks for an interesting post. Barbara

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  16. Such lovely photos of beautiful buildings made even better with their decorations I especially like the bears. What a magical place.

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  17. How charming! I love all that greenery, and the bears and owls are such a cute touch. Thanks for sharing this.

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  18. AS I was looking through your photos, they started looking very familiar - I had to go back to read. I was in Strasbourg and Colmar in October. It's very nice to see what the cities look like in the winter months. Thanks so much for this post. I can't wait to show my wife.

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  19. Anna, I enjoy looking at the pictures of Christmas at your place. Now I would like to Wish You a Very Merry Christmas!

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Namasté

- Anna.