Its getting colder and the heavy breeze has been making us aware that the winter is about to arrive. Christmas is in the air and we were assured of it when while our usual aimless scrolling on the internet we came to know that the Christmas market on Champs Elysees has opened its doors, rather the kiosks from yesterday (14th November, 2014). So could not resist the chance of taking a stroll there early in the season. By the time we reached the Christmas market the kiosks were lit and Champs Elysees as usual was buzzing with life. After walking for 5 minutes we started to feel the chill and we tried walking on the subway vents, which sometimes help to warm oneself up. However Mitra proposed a better idea to warm us up and that was buying a glass of hot wine. From our previous experiences we knew that the right place to buy it is from a kiosk which is solely dedicated to hot wine. The hot wine comes in three sizes- small, medium and large and is priced at 4€, 6€, 8€ respectively. A medium glass of hot wine was good enough for today but we know as the winter starts to set in we may need a lot more of it. With the crowd and the rush one must be careful while wavering around with the glass of precious liquid which not to mention Mitra wasn't and thus spilled quite a portion of it.
Well now lets come to the kiosks which has more interesting things to offer than Mitra's bumping into someone and spilling hot wine or trying to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower which along Champs Elysees plays peek-a-boo from behind the Haussmannian facades. To start with we came came across kiosks selling Christmas decorations with interesting things like Santa climbing up a rope or him riding a Ferrari (a model to let you be sure). We also liked some Russian themed kiosks which sold mainly Russian nesting dolls (Poupée russe in French). We saw some interesting looking dolls and even one with Vladimir Putin engraved on the outer one (wonder what the ones inside had on them).