Winter {December} Solstice

There’s a chill in the air, spring is still months away and those of us who live in the northern hemisphere are down to nine hours of daylight and fifteen hours of nightfall, as today is the “winter solstice”. The Earth is closer to the sun than in June, which causes our planet to orbit a little faster than average. We are getting less exposure to direct sunlight, and here in the mid-Atlantic the coldest months are yet to come.

There’s nothing like a bowl of hearty goodness to warm a chilly night so, this evening why not curl-up on the sofa with homemade beef & vegetable soup. And those of you, who happen to be up around 1am, pop outside…yes in the cold…to view the Ursid meteors in the north- northeast sky.

Stay comfortably warm,

December Solstice

104_0478{The InterContinental Le Grand Hôtel decorated for the holidays}

In the northern hemisphere the December solstice marks the first day of winter. And though I am not in the land of the midnight sun, but actually in the mid-Atlantic we have been experiencing shorter daylight hours and extremely long evening hours, with that said I am beginning to understand why we celebrate with so many lights at this time of year.

104_0480 104_0496{L’oiseau de feu [Firebird] by Niki de Saint Phalle that was at the Charles Pompidou Center and la tour Eiffel with the evening beacon}

Perusing through my photographs the other day I noticed that I have been in the “City of Light”, better known as Paris several times during the month of December and most definitely on the 21st of the month. Whether its the decorations in the lobby of the InterContinental Hôtel or the artwork of Niki de Saint Phalle this all adds up to warmth no matter what time of the day or where you are standing in the city. Going through my earliest photographs of this wondrous town I though I would share a few pictures of how I like to celebrate the beginning of winter… well in Paris of course!!

Happy Solstice!!!