ciudad de la luz

some say paris is the city of light, and i won't argue. [i'm actually checking that one out pretty soon, because bell has a spare seat on the thalys in january. thank you!]. but since the festive holidays took a flight into obviousness, that is to say, on the outside of the houses, i can't take my eyes off of all this abundance of light, sparkle and spruce. 
one sleigh down, er, up
last night i dusted the camera and went on my way. i endured bitter wind, i gaped at a place of happy feet, 
happy feet
and i came home, replenished. 
blue boa
needless to say i fell asleep like a (long gone x-mas) log. enjoy the craziness of some, 
tugging up that hill
the house of light
oh and this last image does hold a grand little anecdotic story, but it rightfully works only in flemish. will give it a try to explain in a convo that went on. bare with.

holy cherry
(telephone conversation between two sisters, of which i'm a willing witness)
- et has gone home. 
- huh? 
- e.t. has left, he's off.
- 'scuce me?
- your x-mas lights, there's a few letters missing...
- have you been drinking?
(convo goes on, we're half dead on the floor. you should know that in flemish merry x-mas reads something like ZALIGE KERST. as you can well see in the image, there's only zalig- kers-. to top this all off, kers in flemish means cherry.)
- (demystification) oh right! yeah. we didn't have enough lights for the last letters.
- ..... e.t.!
- right. oh. 'hà hà!'
(further gibbering and chuckling)


  1. A walk in the mysterious Santa's world? With pretty good shots!

    Have a magic day...

  2. mooie (en inderdaad magische) foto's!! waar ik woon zijn er wel lichtjes maar niet zoals bij jouw!

  3. Well, I thought I was on my way to speaking Flemish...but I better not learn from the Christmas lights! hahahaha Holy Cherry...I love that!

  4. I love Zalig Kers even more every time I read it! I am dead on the floor! hahahahaha It will be my new Christmas salute!

  5. Thats too funny I love how somw people go all out with the Christmas lights, they amaze me!

  6. The penguins are a change from the reindeer:)!

  7. Ive never seen penguin Christmas lights..mega aww :):)

  8. yeah, I'm the sis and I know ET has gone home!!! Happ NewYea!!!

  9. Just had to have a look at Zalig Kers once again...HOLY CHERRY Love that conversation!

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