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Happy New Year 2013!!!

January 4th, 2013 · 6 Comments

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2012 went out beautifully and 2013 came in just as lovely. Patrick and I declined invitations to ring in the new year among friends. Instead we opted to stay home and have a quiet dinner just the two of us.

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To work up an appetite, we walked around le Bon Marché and admired the windows decorated for the holidays.  We went inside the food emporium, it was packed with people everywhere waiting in lines to buy all sorts of delicacies.  Believe me, we were happy Patrick had done all his shopping the day before!  We left the store almost as soon as we entered, it was way too hectic for us.

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Flower market on the rue de Buci.

Instead we strolled over to Saint-Germain-des-Près.  The weather has been so warm this winter (48°F to 50°F) sidewalk cafés were doing a bustling business.  The Christmas market in front of the church was also doing its share of business.  We continued on to the rue de Buci, my old stomping grounds when I use to live on the rue des Canettes.

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Patrick and I never miss an opportunity to stop somewhere for Happy Hour when we’re wandering the streets of Paris, but this being New Year’s Eve we preferred waiting before we began drinking (that would come later!) and besides our objective was to walk. So we continued onto the rue Saint-André-des-Arts. People were definitely in a festive mood as we arrived at the Place Saint-Michel and the quartier always brings back memories of my first New Year’s Eve there in 1971.

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The CRS came marching down the street banging their large batons in step to disperse a very happy, young, and drunken crowd of well-wishers ringing in the new year!  Someone threw a wine bottle at the CRS and all hell broke loose!  They stormed the crowd and the guy I was with shoved me into a storefront to protect me as they began rounding everybody up!  Bottles, fists and batons were flying everywhere! It was definitely an exciting and memorable first New Year’s Eve in Paris for me!

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Well, fast forward 41 years later to a quieter 2012 – Patrick and I walked toward Notre-Dame and made our way over to the Hôtel de Ville to watch the ice skaters in the square and children on the carousel before heading home.  Afterall, it was getting late and Patrick still needed to get into the kitchen and start dinner.  As usual, he didn’t disappoint!  It’s times like these that you thank your lucky stars that you just happen to live with a great chef!

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Setting the table for dinner. (Butter knife still facing the wrong direction!)

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I already gave Patrick one of my escargot and ended up giving him another. (Saving myself for dessert!)

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Mmm!

Patrick made little puff pastries as an appetizer that we had with a Kir Royal.  Then we had escargots for an entrée, 8 each in a garlic butter sauce, I gave Patrick two of mine.  (I continued with a second Kir Royal, but Patrick opened up a bottle of Riesling for himself.) Our main dish was a tenderloin with a seared portion of foie gras on top covered in a truffle sauce and served with his potatoes au gratin.  Mmm!  (We had a very nice Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé to go with the main course.)  Afterwards we continued with a second bottle of the same wine for our Cheese course.  Four different cheeses:  a Roquefort for Patrick, a goat cheese for me, a creamy Camembert, and a nice hard Beaufort cheese rounded out our platter.

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Believe me, we took our time eating!  It was now almost midnight and we opened a bottle of Champagne rosé and toasted in the New Year!  We had a wonderful apple dessert from our local patisserie.  After ringing in the new year, we moved the chairs and cranked up the music for a dance marathon!!!  We danced the night away until almost 4 a.m.!

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No photos of us dancing so here’s our Christmas tree instead.

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Close ups of some of our ornaments.

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We were exhausted by then and we were about to call it a night when what should come on our iPod?  None other than Donna Summer singing Last Dance and of course it brought back memories for both of us when we use to dance the night away in discotheques when we were young (not together, we didn’t know each other then) but I’m sure many of you remember!  We didn’t care how tired we were back then, when the song came on we all got up and danced that last dance!  And that’s exactly what we did, we got up and danced and then Patrick conked out on me!  LOL!!!  He went to lie down for a second and he was out like a light!

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Mom looking at her iPad talking to my aunt while I’m watching her!

Maya Muses:  I stayed up cleaning and before you knew it, it was almost 6 a.m.   I got on Skype and wished my mom a Happy New Year!!!  She was skyping with my brothers and sisters as well as being on the phone, so it was crazy!   I was not only able to talk to my mom, but to see my aunt with my sister in Ohio and see my brother and his family in Texas all the while I watched my mom talking to everyone from Pittsburgh as I sat here in Paris!!!  What can I say, you have to love technology in moments like this.

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What I looked and felt like after one year ended and a new one began!

I climbed into bed around 6:30 a.m. tired, but happy.  It was a great way to welcome in a New Year!

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos, Photo of CRS, and Champagne

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Food and Wine · Is Anyone Listening? · Paris - Paname · Special Moments

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ana // Jan 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I just found your blog and enjoyed the photos and yes for taking me back to the time when I danced that last dance, thanks.

  • 2 Lynn // Jan 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks, Ana, sometimes that last dance would be a medley for 20-30 minutes long, but we wouldn’t stop until the music ended and the lights turned on! Seems like only yesterday! HNY!!!

  • 3 Deena // Jan 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Happy New Year, I’m surprised with all the drinking the two of you did, that you were able to stand up let alone dance! I know I would have been lying under the table by the time midnight rolled around, but it seems like you two had a great evening. Thanks for sharing.

  • 4 Lynn // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    HNY, Deena!!! We did do more drinking than usual, but not so much that we couldn’t dance! We finished a bottle and a half of red wine, a bottle of Champagne, I had 2 kir royals, Patrick had 1 kir plus 2 glasses of white wine….so that’s less than 4 bottles between the two of us!!! LOL!!! We weren’t even drunk and the next day we were fine. Let’s just say we’re use to it and leave it at that!!!

  • 5 Cid // Jan 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    3 comments –
    Nothing wrong with letting loose once in a while especially on new year’s eve.
    Personally I’d like to hear more about your first time in Paris. Can’t see the policemen’s faces, but their legs look scary enough!
    Technically things are advancing so rapidly it can be a bit overwhelming, but I can see how wonderful it can be when people live far away from each other.
    Have a happy new year, Lynn.

  • 6 Lynn // Jan 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks Cid, that first New Year’s Eve in Paris was something else! I will definitely have to write a post about that one day, but it’s too long to comment here! Sorry! Hope you a wonderful New Year!!!

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