Bonnes fêtes from the Feess Family

We weren’t able to make it back to Missouri again this year, so we continued our tradition of eating Chinese/Vietnamese. The only good place I could find that served pho was closed, so we headed to Full Kee Chinese Restaurant. It was packed! We waited at least an hour for our food! They said Christmas day is the busiest day of the year for them. Who knew!?

For Christmas this year James gave me a sampler set of Kusmi tea and I love it! The St. Petersburg blend instantly reminds me of our little Paris apartment and Prince Vladimir is a new favorite as well. Can’t wait to try the others! (Aren’t those tins adorable?)

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Noël à Paris: le retour


We’re super excited to have been able to celebrate another Christmas season in Paris (even though we miss our families terribly)! This year was even better than last year because we had our little Henry Pooper with us.

On Christmas Eve we watched Christmas movies for a while and then went out to the Christmas market at La Defense. It’s definitely one of the biggest/nicest in Paris, but since we’d already done all of our Christmas shopping we just got some hot wine and snacks. Yum!

We went to midnight mass at Saint Ambroise and then got up early (well…9am) Christmas morning to open our present to each other and eat pancakes.

James gave me this gorgeous robe from Princesse Tam Tam. I plan on wearing it the rest of winter.

I gave James a bunch of smaller gifts: a vintage TinTin comic book, this funny fish soap dish, and a Paris Saint Germain t-shirt.

We found Henry a fun Santa squeeky ball, but it’s too big for his little mouth. Le pauvre!

For our bûche de Noël this year, James picked up a couple fancy ones from a bakery near his work. My favorite was the chocolate, yum!


We went back to Pho 14 for our traditional Christmas dinner and it didn’t disappoint! There was a little bit of a line this time, but we probably didn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes.

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We hope everyone had a joyeux Noël!

Our first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs.

And it was magnifique!

James had to work a bit super early in the morning (6am!!), but when he got home we opened up our gifts to each other and had pancakes with (real!) maple syrup! Yum! (Tidbit: if you’re looking for maple syrup in France, you can find it at just about every Franprix or Monoprix. Look in the honey and/or jam aisles. It’ll be the store brand and a little pricey, but it’s delicious!)

James went over a bit (a lot) on our 15 euro limit and gave me Burberry The Beat perfume (now I can stop going in every Sephora I see just to put it on!) and a gorgeous purse hook (do you use one of these when you go out to eat?).

I gave James a scale model of a hot-air balloon from the Musée des arts et métiers. It’s on our tree now, but I think we might try to find a more permanent spot.

Since we were both so good this year, Santa also brought us some delicious Kusmi St. Petersbourg tea. Delicieux!

We sent some little gifts to our families back home. We, of course, couldn’t forget about our sweet Henry.

Enjoying his Parisian toy:

Our new ornaments this year: Mickey & Minnie, a frog, and James’s Christmas gift

After we skyped with both sets of families, we headed to the quartier chinois in the 13th for our Christmas meal. We decided to try the vietnamese restaurant, Pho 14, and it was amazing! The place was packed, food delicious, and at a reasonable price.

We shared eggs rolls for our entree, probably the best I’ve ever had. I think I said “these are amazing” at least 10 times.

Our main dish was, of course, Pho. A first time for both of us, and we loved it!


For dessert we headed back home to our bûches de noel from Picard. Technically they were “bûchettes” made of ice cream and amazing.

James had vanilla with caramel and mine were coffee and speculos (and yes, we both had two 🙂 ). Yum!!

Now we’re looking forward to spending New Years with Erica!!