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New Year’s Eve celebrations in Paris

Posted by dan on December 31, 2010

 

New Year's Eve in Paris, Seine, lit-up Eiffel Tower

New Year's Eve in Paris with a lit-up Eiffel Tower - no fireworks.

Paris is one of the most colorful and lively places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, whether you are spending it in a restaurant, a club, at a house party, out on the street – or, as often the case is, a combination of these. All of Paris is safe on NYE, just as as at any other time, although it is a loud and crowded experience at many places. The whole city is lively and full of partying people, but the most popular spot is the Champs Elysees area. Paris is one of those few cities which did not follow the mega-fireworks trend. There have been smaller displays at the Eiffel Tower and at other places such as Place de la Concorde in the past, but as far as I know nothing is planned this year. Fireworks is more on the spontaneous side – people setting off them all over the city, sometimes in crowded places. Montmartre is another popular neighborhood to spend the night. It is somewhat calmer and there are good views over the city – although not much of the Eiffel Tower itself. Wherever you are in Paris, it is party time and there are happy people wishing each other – Bonne Annee!

Further info:

Celebrating New Year’s in Paris: http://goparis.about.com/od/events/a/Paris_NewYear.htm

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Happy New Year

Posted by dan on December 31, 2010

The New Year has already started in Sydney with an extravagant fireworks display.

2010 NYE fireworks sydney

Sydney 2010, NYE fireworks. Image: http://www.abc.net.au

If I’m right the Sydney fireworks craze has started with the 2000 Olympics – I certainly remember NYE celebrations without any fireworks – and since then it became the biggest party in the world, with an estimated 1.5 million revellers on the streets and a billion people tuning in to watch the show on the screen.

Baywatch-themed cocktail party at the Opera Bar

“The best views will be had by those who queued for hours to take temporary possession of a prime piece of real estate at the Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.

Some splurged up to $500 for a Baywatch-themed cocktail party at the Opera Bar where guests were being served drinks by waiters in swimming costumes.

‘This has got to be the best place to be in the world tonight,’ said Marc Wilson, 41, from Sydney.”

I personally would prefer a quieter place – and Sydney offers several good choices – but don’t want to argue with Marc. Different strokes for different folks – enjoy it and a Happy New Year!

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/31/3104625.htm

In pictures: New year celebrations: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12100065

 

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