Memorable way to bid ‘bon annee’

Published: 8 Jan 2014 15:000 comments

Advertiser reporter Nicola Hamilton spends Hogmanay in Paris.

AS many were saying Happy New Year in the UK, Advertiser reporter Nicola Hamilton was bringing in the bells an hour earlier and wishing others ‘Bonne année’ at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

A previous New Year’s resolution of mine was to spend Hogmanay somewhere a little bit different than the usual house party/karaoke fest and Paris proved to be a very memorable destination to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

Heading out on 27 December, we had five days to fill with all things French – wine being one of them!

The weather this time of year is very similar to the UK, temperature wise, with a distinct lack of wind and rain which was a very welcome change. In order to make the most of our trip, my friend and I did a little bit of research prior to departure and found a great money saver called a ‘Paris Pass’.

These start from around £90 for a two day pass, and with it you have

access to over 60 attractions including a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, entry to the Louvre Museum and lots of other well known landmarks.

It also gives you two days Metro travel and access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. An added bonus of the pass was being able to skip queues,

particularly at the Lourve.

I would highly recommend it as it’s a fantastic way to make the most of the city and the guidebook included makes it simple to find your way around.

New Year’s Eve is a massive event in the French capital, and there are a lot of options – from hitting the bars and clubs on the famous Champs-Élysées to enjoying a boat party on the Seine riverbank. We decided to opt for a stunning light show at the Eiffel Tower.

Thousands of people of all

different nationalities surrounded the iconic tower as it lit up in a palette of colours, before counting down to the New Year.

A tip if you are planning on going out for dinner on the 31st is to make a booking in advance, as all the good places fill up very quickly.

So if Paris is somewhere you’ve

always wanted to visit, a New Year’s Eve there is definitely worth the trip – as the French say, Bon Voyage!

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