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Happy New Year 2011!

December 31st, 2010 · 6 Comments

The gang at Time Square
Katarina, Holly, Patrick, Rose, and Joey

Last year I was getting prepared to stand for 10 hours in the freezing cold to watch a ball drop for ten seconds along with over a million other people packed together like sardines in Times Square!  My sister Rose was asking who wanted to wear Pampers in case someone needed to go to the bathroom!  No kidding!  (No one took her up on her offer!)  What madness!

Patrick and I at the Empire State Building.
Patrick and I at the Empire State Building

As I mentioned in my post last year, it was a once in a lifetime experience and now I know why!  No one would be crazy enough to do it twice!!!  This year Patrick and I have no intentions of going back on the Champs-Elysées either!  What for?  We did it a few years ago and along with a million other people we stood there waiting for something to happen and happen it did!!!

Masses of people on the Champs-Elysées
Masses of people on the Champs-Elysées

The lights went out at midnight.  Yep, that was it.  Just like 364 other days of the year at midnight the lights on all the monuments go out.  Who would have thought that Paris, the City of Lights, wouldn’t think of maybe shutting the lights off 10 seconds before midnight and then turning them back on briefly so all the people waiting could hug and kiss and wish one another a Happy New Year and then shut them off again!

Almost midnight!

You know, just a little gesture that makes the Saint-Sylvestre a little different than all the other days of the year. (That wouldn’t be asking too much, right?)  You would think they would do that for all the millions of tourists who spent all their time, effort, and money to make a trip to this beautiful city, not to mention for the Parisians who decided to go out and face the cold weather to celebrate as well.  Right?  Well,….no!

Uh, what happened?
Uh, what happened?

The lights went off and people waited and waited for something to happen.  People looked at one another and back at their watches, 3…5…7 minutes.  Hmm, is my watch ahead of time?  And then it finally dawned on everyone….. Hey, the lights went out and that was probably when it was midnight and oh well, Happy New Year, anyway. The new year had begun with a whimper as people slowly walked away disappointed.

Silver ball dropped and confetti at Times Square.
The ball dropped and confetti at Times Square

Maya Muses:  Now that I think about it.  That little silver ball in Times Square that drops and the small fireworks and confetti filling the streets as people jump up and down wishing each other a Happy New Year isn’t so bad afterall!

The Eiffel Tower on New Year’s Eve.
The Eiffel Tower on New Year’s Eve

I know, I’m being mean.  The Eiffel Tower is the place to be or at least be able to see!  The lights on the tower are great each year, nevertheless, this year we’ll spend the evening nice and warm at a friend’s apartment in Paris having a wonderful dinner and we’ll toast the New Year with several bottles of champagne and wish each other Health, Happiness, and Love for 2011, as I wish the same for all of you!

Happy New Year 2011!

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos, Flickr, and Google Images

Tags: Paris - Paname · Special Moments · Travel

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena // Dec 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Happy New Year, Lynn! I’m so glad the holidays are almost over. Each year the madness seems to start earlier and earlier.

    That said, I can’t imagine a city like Paris not doing anything spectacular for NYE! For myself, I’ll watch the count down from Times Square on tv, thank you very much!

  • 2 Lynn // Jan 2, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Happy New Year, Deena and all the best for this new year!

    It’s truly crazy that Paris is the only large city around the world that doesn’t do anything special for New Year’s Eve. They kept announcing on the radio all day (the 31st) that there would be no fire works, as usual, not at the Eiffel Tower or the Champs-Elysées, but that didn’t stop people from going there anyway!

  • 3 Cid // Jan 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Hard to believe, I always imagined Paris would be one of the most exciting places to be on New Year’s Eve! Bonne annee!

  • 4 Lynn // Jan 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    It definitely is! Parisians don’t need fireworks to get them in the spirit, that’s what champagne is for!!! Happy New Year, Cid!

  • 5 Harriet // Jan 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I was curious as to why the TV news clips of New Year’s Eve celebrations in other countries didn’t include Paris. Now I know….the rest of the story.

    All the best to you and Patrick!

  • 6 Lynn // Jan 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks, Harriet, Happy New Year to you and Richard! (You sound just like Paul Harvey, but I think you know that! LOL!!!)

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