Christmas Eve In Paris: Hunt For The Golden Dome

We woke up on our second day in Paris, took a peak out of our apartment window, and noticed a golden dome sparkling in the distance amid the gray rooftops of the city.

Like pirates attracted to shiny treasure, we got dressed, grabbed our coats, and navigated our way through the 7th arrondisement until we found the dome.

Located just a few blocks away from the apartment we were renting for our Paris stay, My Traveling Troop soon discovered that the dome is part of the Hotel des Invalides.

With a quick peak into the Lonely Planet Paris guidebook that I had on hand, I learned the complex of buildings was built in the 1670s at the request of Louis XIV to provide housing for 4,000 invalides, or disabled war veterans.

Today, the compound houses museums and monuments dedicated to the military history of France. Under the golden dome that drew us to the complex is the final resting place of Napolean Bonaparte - a French military leader and emperor.

Having spent the day learning about France's military history and paying our respects to Napolean, we couldn't leave the Hotel des Invalides without a little something to remember it all by: a Napolean Christmas ornament. Can you say best souvenir ever?! You'll see why in some of my upcoming Paris posts.

My family easily spent most of the day at the Hotel des Invalides, only leaving when hunger struck. We meandered back to the Rue Cler area, where our apartment was located, and found a bustling cafe where we could dine on some hearty French fare. My husband enjoyed the steak, while my daughter and I devoured French onion soup. As for my son? He tried to eat Napolean.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will give you a peak at how we spent the rest of our Christmas Eve. Au revoir!


  1. What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas Eve! Love all the deep golden colors.

  2. Your pictures are gorgeous! I have never been to Paris. I can't wait to go.

  3. Ah Christmas in Paris.. sounds perfect. Your pictures reminded me of our trip to Paris.. what now seems like decades ago.

  4. My jealousy abounds! What an amazing post. Paris is on the top of my list of places to go


  5. I'm happy and enjoy your post :) Travelling is really beautiful, I love it and can't imagine my life without it! Paris is romance

  6. O I am so jealous. Paris is the one place in the world I want to go most. What beautiful pictures!


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