Happy New Year 2012! - Celebrating on the Champs-Élysées
|Waiting to welcome in the New Year on the Champs-Élysées. Sara took this photo while perched on Stephane's shoulders.|
Imagine the sound of hundreds (thousands!) of champagne bottles being uncorked when all of the glass bottles that had been carefully concealed from the police magically appeared along with plastic champagne flutes at midnight. If you want to make some fast friends on New Year's Eve in Paris, bring extra glasses and offer a bit of bubbly to your neighbors. That's what we did and collected lots of "Bonne Années" and even a "Belle Année" from a French woman who was celebrating on her own and was happy to share the first minutes of 2012 with us.
|2012 - just a few minutes "old".|
|A huge crowd of revellers waited in vain for a firework display near the Eiffel Tower last night. It sparkled for five minutes, just as it always does at the start of every hour, as Stephane and I turned towards home at 1:00 a.m.|