Really I'm not just dreaming this up. Paris does love bears. And I can prove it to you.
Deyrolle has a bear in the window and a whole winter scene upstairs.
We went Tuesday to taste the butterfly buche de noel of chef patissier Eddie Benghanem of the Versailles Trianon Palace, while various reindeer looked on.
You can eat an actual bear buche at Dalloyau this year!
Also on Tuesday a superb exhibit opened in Jardins des Plants, Especes d'Ours. Everything and more you've ever wanted to know about bears.
And their place in history, art and culture.
I didn't know bear's 'hands' are very agile. They can manipulate just about anything including refrigerator doors. I didn't know their paws were called hands either. I'm glad I'm not the only one mad for bears.
Bear feels the same way and was drawn to Printemps' Xmas window with the attractive red bear.
I was drawn to the other Jimmy Choos windows.
Could this be a bear nativity scene?
This tiny restaurant on Cité always does it up for the holidays. I haven't been but I bet a PBer has.
It seemed a natural to populate the December hot chocolate map with Bear. He's been a good sport about it too. After all how much hot chocolate can a girl taste in a day. Bear to the rescue. Maps went Monday btw.
Cyril Lignac's Chocolaterie, 25 rue Chancy, not only has divine chocolat chaud but marshmallow bears and molds to DIY.
Bear has been to Angelina perhaps too many times...
Have you tried Italian cioccolati in Paris?
Pozzetto's is the real thing. So thick your spoon will stay vertical at 16 rue Vielle du Temple.
Il Gelato del Marchese too has wonderfully thick Italian hot chockie served with ultimate elegance.
If you're lucky you'll catch the Marchese Renato in his Santa costume at 3 rue des quatres vents 75006
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