Friday, January 1, 2010

Bonne Annee

New Years Eve 2009, Tour Eiffel, Paris, France
We arrived at Champs de Mars, the large park in front of the Eiffel Tower about 10PM, well early, and beating the large crowd which would arrive over the next two hours. The evening was chilly with the temps in the mid-30s, but no rain, for which we were grateful. The crowd responded to any small or medium firecracker, or rockets that went off before midnight. Finally, we reached the magic hours, midnight, and the Eiffel Tower light show began. In comparison to our experience 10 years ago, the display was more colorful, with colored lights throughout the tower, but there were no pyrotechnics exploding all over the tower. We enjoyed the event none the less, and saved our champagne toast for our return to the hotel, where we could fully enjoy it in a warmer surrounding. As they say in France, Bonne Annee. Happy New Year everyone.

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