Happy New Year to all!
I am so proud to report that I didn’t fall asleep before midnight!’ At 11:30 we joined the crowds and walked to the Arc de Triomphe. We were expecting a laser light show on the Arc, similar to what we saw for the Tour de France, and we got one at 11:45. We were so surprised, however, when fireworks started at the stroke of midnight! Paris NEVER does fireworks on New Year’s Eve (much to the disappointment of throngs of tourists every year), but this year she pulled out the stops and put on a show.
What an auspicious beginning for the new year!
Cheers to 2015, and cheers to all of you!
As you might have heard, a little bike race called the Tour de France wound up in Paris last night. As luck would have it, we got home from our vacation just in time to trot over to the Champs Elysees and catch a glimpse of the riders as they whizzed by in a mass of color.
The riders to a loop on the Champs Elysees, from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Here they are again on the far side of the street.
I was still in my traveling clothes, but this woman had obviously put more thought into her race-watching outfit.
And this bride to be found a willing group of firemen to pose with. I wonder if she had second thoughts about her groom?
After the riders went by, we made our way through the crowd and up to the Arc, where large screens projected the awards being presented to the winners on the other end of the Champs.
And just like that, it was over. Done.
Our train from London was scheduled to arrive at 7:20 last night, giving us plenty of time to get to the Champs Elysees to see the Tour de France riders loop around the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre at the end of the Tour de France. However, due to a problem with one of the trains, we were diverted to Lisle to change trains before we arrived in Paris close to an hour late. We arrived home, dropped our bags, drank a cold beer (yes, still hot here) and walked to the Champs Elysees just as riders were whizzing past the crowd lining the street. We got lucky, however, as we were able to have a pretty good view of the last two laps. It was a thrilling experience.
After the race was over we moved a bit up the street in order to stand right in front of a huge screen which was projecting the awards ceremony and views of the Champs Elysees.
Winner Chris Froome from Great Britain
Following the awards ceremony, we walked all the way up to the Arc de Triomphe and enjoyed a spectacular light show on the arc.
Here is how it looked in action!
We stood there amidst the very well-behaved crowd and enjoyed the light show for a long time. We were hoping to see the fireworks that had been promised, but when they hadn’t begun by 11:15, we had to give up on them. We didn’t feel cheated, however, having thoroughly enjoyed everything else we had been fortunate enough to see that night. And can you believe it was all under a full moon?
I posted a few more pictures on Mais Oui Paris Facebook page here.