121217-scottBonjour à tous et à toutes! It’s Scott here and I’d like to welcome you to this special Yuletide instalment of my On Location French blog!

Noël est arrivé à Toulouse – Christmas has arrived in Toulouse!

The city is now awash with the colours of the resplendent Christmas decorations which beautifully garnish le centre-ville (“city centre“). Pretty lumières (“lights“), suspended between building rooftops, bathe Toulouse’s many streets and avenues in festive luminescence. Le marché de Noël (“the Christmas market“) is in full swing in the city’s main square, la place du Capitole, where the wonderful aromas of marrons chauds (“roasted chestnuts“) and vin chaud (“hot mulled wine“) fill the air. For me, perhaps the only thing missing from this magical Christmas atmosphere is a light dusting of snow (“la neige“), but you can’t have everything!

My studies have now finished up for the semester and I shall be heading back home to Scotland for a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year – how quickly the time has gone! As they say, “le temps passe vite quand on s’amuse“ – time flies when you’re having fun!

I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends and family again but I am also impatient to return to my life in Toulouse, have more amazing French experiences and share them with you in the new year.

Until then, je vous souhaite un Joyeux Noël et une très Bonne Année. À 2013!

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