December 14, 2013

Floating Over Paris


Champs-Elysées at night

Our original plan was to bundle up against the cold and take an evening walk up the Champs-Élysées to get some photos of the festive holiday lights and to check out the Christmas Village that sets up on the lower half of the Avenue every year.

Then margaritas got involved.
And before I knew it, there was talk of getting on this Ferris Wheel.


As much as I resisted, it seems that my friend, combined with a margarita or two, are more persuasive than I realized.

I'm afraid of heights, but as soon as we were locked into our little carriage and started moving smoothly up into the sky, it just wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. The Wheel stopped while we were at the very top, giving us time to appreciate the glittering lights and beautiful night views.

She got me to step out of my comfort zone. Thankfully.
Without her, I would never have had the chance to float over Paris.

"Hanging out" on the Champs-Élysées. Yes, we went up in that Ferris wheel. I was terrified at first, but it was totally worth it.

Champs-Elysées at night

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La Torontoise said...

Loulou, such a touching post. Love these pictures.

Since 1999, we've made it a tradition to go to Paris for the New Year celebration; our trip always featured a stop at the Place de la Concorde and the Wheel:-) those pictures, from this vintage point mean a lot to me... However, since we became 'proud owners' of an apartment in Cannes, we have given up the Paris St Silvester trip to make more space for Provence. I realize, I'm missing it a bit. Love the views from the top!
Enjoy the pre-Christmas spirit!
I can hardly wait to go to France (where I work is overcast 80% of the year; very cold and rainy).

Emm said...

How marvelous. Are you in an enclosed compartment, not an open seat as in the old-time, country-fair kind of wheel? I might be able to do it, in that case.

Putting it on my list . . . the pictures are lovely.

wcs said...

Very cool! And probably more fun when fueled by margaritas!

Sharon said...

I love those photographs -it can be a magical time of year. And you must have enjoyed floating - no camera shake!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet piece. The strength of friendship and margaritas - two unstoppable forces =)

Jennifer Greco said...

La Torontoise
Thank you for the lovely comment! I enjoy hearing your story and am sure that even though you miss Paris from time to time, the sunny days along the Med in Cannes more than make up for it. :)

No open seat, thank heavens! I don't think I could have done it if they were open. It's mostly enclosed, which felt safe but made it more difficult to take photos.
You should go!

Jennifer Greco said...

Much more fun! :)

No wind either! It was a gorgeous, clear night - perfect for taking photos.

Jennifer Greco said...

Completely unstoppable! :)

La Torontoise said...

Loulou, bonne année et beaucoup de santé!
Much prosperity in 2014!

I've just read my local newspaper, Nice Matin, which has published the update on the French tax system and has added an interpretation on the increase in cost of living in France.
I will try to make the time to explore a bit the local prices in my area to see how the tax updates feel and what's the effect on everyday life...

All the best!

Jennifer Greco said...

La Torontoise
I will be interested to hear what you discover.
Happy New Year!