Christmas came and went. This year, we returned to Palm Springs, CA.
I just read the story I wrote for the blog almost two years ago, and stand by every word.
Scenic, magical Palm Springs.
The most beautiful palm trees this side of the Mississippi river.
The light. The colors. The mountains. The desert.
Non golfers and non shoppers are better off sticking to:
Hiking. Photography. Exploring.
They are like Parisian lèche-vitrine (window shopping:)
Nature beckons. Follow the guide…
Yes, Palm Springs is spectacular.
But it is not very Christmassy,
even if the city tries to get in the spirit…
If all else fails, any of these little guys would make fine Christmas ornaments…
The city of Palm Springs, to a French native, is so American, a mini-Los Angeles.
Sprawling. Designed for cars and driving. Endless streets. Mall-centered life.
Downtown Palm Springs has a different flavor. Pedestrian-friendly. Welcoming.
The best part about downtown: The proximity of nature.
The mountains are nearby. The desert, next to them.
Yet popular culture won’t be so easily ignored,
and competes with nature for the visitor’s attention.
Palm Springs capitalizes on its time-tested reputation
as Hollywood’s desert playground.
The Rat Pack, Elvis, Bob Hope, and their friends may be long gone,
they are not forgotten…
Yes, Palm Springs is all American.
But this French Girl was determined to get her French Christmas.
There are so many French people in this city: We bumped into them several times a day.
Are they attracted by the promise of great hiking (a favorite French activity?)
Are they looking for a slice of Americana?
Do they work and reside there?
Clearly, some do…
Our French-American-Finnish group of five indulged in a decadent Christmas celebration.
Our destination? Le Vallauris, Palm Springs’ most renowned French restaurant.
We knew we had lucked out when we saw our table on the beautiful patio…
Service, atmosphere, and the food, the glorious food!
It was perfect!
I took this photo of our table before dessert was served.
An unmistakably *French* restaurant table.
Can you tell me why? [smile]
I hope you, too, had a special Christmas, surrounded by friends, family.
Palm Springs put on a big show to help me forget we were not in Paris for the Holidays.
Merci, Palm Springs!