HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We just came back from our trip to Paris which we really enjoyed. I have already been to this wonderful town with my girlfriend in August 2005. Back then we had a really narrow time schedule as we wanted to see as many sights as possible. Although the trip in 2005 was really great, we felt a bit stressed afterwards. This time we wanted to relax a bit more, so we didn’t really plan the trip and decided to act on impulse. As we do not book packaged tours for our visits at foreign towns we can manage our time as we like it.
Eat more mussels!
We did some shopping, went for some romantic walks through the city and enjoyed delicious meals (mussels, edible snails, french wine, tartlets …) at really lovely restaurants and very nice french confectionerys. Fortunately I speak a little French as it is much easier in Paris to talk to people in their mother tongue. The French are very proud of their language and apart from the typical tourist districts scarcely anybody speaks english fluently (if at all). Even though my French is far from being perfect, it’s enough for shopping, talking to waiters, receptionists, bus drivers, pastry cooks and for buying tickets at the cinema. Yes, we went to see a movie at the Champs-Élysées. We saw a very funny movie called Alvin and the Chipmunks, even though it was very hard to understand these three little squirrels with their squeaky French. We’ll better see the movie again in German because we missed a lot of the jokes.
Of course we also visited some sights. For example the museum Grevin which features waxworks alike Madame Tussaud’s in London. Additionally to international stars you can find a lot of french actors, athletes and politicians at Grevin. It’s really worth the visit but altogether Madame Tussaud’s is a bit better than Grevin as the waxworks in London are more realistic and lifelike.
I love Paris! (the town, not the Hilton-chick)
We celebrated New Year’s Eve at the waterfront of the river Seine in view of the Eiffel Tower. Sitting next to the water with an exquisite bottle of Champagne, kissing my sweetheart and looking at the sparkling and twinkling Eiffel Tower was the greatest way of spending the turn of the year ever in my life.
A perfect way to start a new year and a great location to start my project 366. 17 minutes after midnight I took this picture of the Eiffel Tower. The sparkling was already over but some people were shooting fireworks even though it’s illegal in Paris to use them (even at New Year’s Eve). Fortunately they didn’t care. I love fireworks.
The sparkling Eiffel Tower
By the way, here is a short video I took there while the tower was still sparkling.
Tip: Moleskine City Notebook Paris
A really great tool for a trip to Paris is the Moleskine City Notebook Paris. It not only features a city map of Paris but also a lot of free space for your personal notes, the possibility to manage addresses, ideas, impressions in different categories (eating, drinking, shopping …). We kept notes about the restaurants we visitied, what we liked or didn’t like and marked it in the plan with a cross so we can find it again during our next trip to Paris. It is a handy little book bound in artificial leather with an elastic band to make sure nothing falls out. It comes for about EUR 15,- (USD 22,-) which is a steal – in my humble opinion – for the features you get. There are also other Moleskine City Notebooks available, e.g. for New York, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome and many more. Just ask at your favourite book shop or look at Amazon for it.
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