Friday, January 05, 2007

New Year's Eve in Montmartre

P1010453, originally uploaded by sindlinger.

After dinner that delayed us more than we expected [quoting the waitress: "there was a problem in the kitchen - don't accuse me" ... actually, this was much more pleasant than it sounds, just comes across funny in translation], our options on what to do at midnight were somewhat limited. But we had 30 minutes to walk up to the top of the hill near Sacre Coeur and get a view of the Eiffel Tower. This shot here shows you we weren't the only people who had that idea. If you're interested in the rest of the shots, start here and work your way through.
Some blurry shots, some repetitive shots, but also a couple of good ones, such as:

* French family lighting sparklers

* Our view of the Eiffel Tower with the spotlight pointed straight at us

* Some of the amateur pyrotechnics that were going off all over the place

* A sense of the communal revelry

* A minor drunken misunderstanding

* And among it all, a respect for keeping things neat

Would have been smart of me to bring the video camera along to truly capture the sounds and sights of people setting off the bottle rockets, shouting "bonne annee!" etc., but I left it in the apartment. Sweet.