Bonjour! My name is Corrinne and I am writing a guest blog on my Paris New Year’s Eve adventure! Alec and I went to high school and college (and cheered together). I follow her blog and it puts a smile on my face to read; I was thrilled when she asked if I could write for her. This is my first blog experience :o)
Back story: I got married last June and as a wedding gift my husband, Foster, told me we were going to spend New Year’s in Paris. I was ecstatic! Paris is the City of Lights, the City of Love, and the City of Adventure! This was my third trip to Paris and I loved every minute of it. We stayed in the St. Germain de Pres area by St. Michel and Odeon metro stations in a small apartment.
On New Year’s Eve almost everything in Paris is closed. I decided to take my husband to see some of the major sites. Our first stop was the Tour Eiffel. This landmark is absolutely massive.
|Eiffel Tower NYE|
Next, we walked by the Louvre (it was closed), but the outside of the building is stunning.
|Louvre entrance is the pyramid.|
The rain was starting to let up, so we went to Sacre Coeur. No pictures were allowed in the church unfortunately. While we were there mass was just beginning – complete with a full nun choir. They sounded beautiful! We sat for mass and lit two candles – one for each of our families. Outside the church there were many small shops selling left over Christmas items, so we bought our first ornament as a married couple – a hand painted picture of Sacred Heart.
Our next stop was L’arc de Triumph. We climbed 184 stairs to the top where you can see the entire city. Gorgeous view – a must see while in Paris. Also, this is where the French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies.
On the way back to the apartment we stopped by the Eric Kayser Artisan Baker (by Odeon metro stop in St. Germain de Pres) to grab a fresh baguette and some macaroons. Delicious! While in Paris I became obsessed with this delicacy. The fresh bread is incredible. Its warm, soft and melts in your mouth. Fresh bread is the thing I miss the most about Paris.
We made pasta at our condo then went out to Place de la Concorde to see the Eiffel Tower light up at midnight. There were lots of people around this landmark and it was raining, but we still had a wonderful time!
After midnight we went to a bar called Le Sherwood and made some friends. The girl with the wavy red hair was entertaining. She was talking up a French local for a bit only to find out he is more into boys than girls. It was a good effort though. Foster kept calling the other girl “Liz Lemon” for some reason. She was funny as well. A guy was hitting on her and his pickup line was, “My wife just told me tonight that she’s divorcing me.” Lots of drama going on in Le Sherwood! There was also a live band; they were great! Around 3am we decided it was time to start heading home. On NYE the Metro is free and open all night long!
NYE is as big of an event in Paris as it is in the United States. Everyone celebrates well into the next day. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience. As the week went on we went to Normandy (which is enough to write another blog about!), visited many museums, sites, ate and drank plenty. Our last day in Paris we followed the tradition of getting a padlock and locking it on the Artisan Bridge over Le Seine River. This is a tradition in many cities over the world now, you put your name/a wish on the lock and throw the keys into the River.