Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year's Day, Paris

There's a kind of hush.

Paris, the morning after.

I expected it at 9 am on New Year's Day.  Everyone sleeping in after all that champagne.  But even by almost noon, the streets were still silent.  I walked to the Boissiere metro stop, and could have used the street instead of the sidewalk:  not a car in sight. On a Saturday morning!

The metro was free until noon.  Even so, only a handful of passengers.

At 2:00 p.m., our almost-empty cross-town bus from the 16e to the place de l'Opera sped through intersections and stops in record time. 

But by 4:30 p.m., the return trip to the 16e found the streets 100% clogged with honking traffic.  Normal, quoi.

Ah, Paris the mystery is always unfolding!


Going Like Sixty said...

I am so happy you could start 2011 in Paris! You deserve each other.

Claudia said...

Wish we could have seen this. We spent five days over Christmas in Paris and not once found the streets or Metro empty, though we thought we would. But, like you, we love Paris every way we can have her. Happy New Year.

Darina said...

That must have been a sight to behold. Paris--what a great way to kick off the new year. I so wish I were there!

c'est Jeff ici said...

Paris does have a special quality when the streets are empty. Most early Sunday mornings are like this. Heading to the flea market at Porte de Vanves or the book market at Brancion on a nearly empty bus gives one a peaceful view of Paris at rest.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Bonne annee a tous!

Sixty, thank you -- Paris is always home to me, so it was great.

Claudia and Darina, we were fortunate to miss the bone-chilling Paris temps and arrived just as it warmed up.

Jeff, I love Sunday mornings in Paris, too. But Jan 1 was really a ghost town- it made typical Sundays seem like Carnivalby comparison. I could have napped in the middle of avenue Kleber!

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Help !! I can't post on Blogger, even though I can sign in and do everything else! does anyone have any suggestions? SO many great posts about Paris.

la fourchette said...

Bonjour to a fellow Francophile, from Aix en Provence! Bonne année - you have a new follower.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Thanks, La Fourchette. I love Aix! Will post some photos soon.

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