Happy New Year From France!
Happy New Year!! I am happy to say that I landed back in France just in time for New Years Eve! I slept off a little bit of my jet lag, and got ready to celebrate! Since we have celebrated in Paris before, my fiance and I decided to have a quiet celebration this year in our little town of Rambouillet. Once he arrived home from work, we planned to go out to our little grocery store and get some special New Years Eve treats to enjoy. As we had both been away for the holidays our cupboards were looking pretty empty. As I stepped out side of our apartment, I was in awe of the Christmas lights along our street! Blue and white lights strung from one side of the street to the other, and City Hall lit up with twinkling trees. As we continued along the main street, the decorations outlining the bakeries, brasseries and restaurants were so pretty and festive. France definitely knows how to decorate for the holidays in a much more sophisticated way than North America! I was so busy squealing with delight over the pretty lights, that I didn’t notice that none of the shops were actually open! We reached the grocery store and found metal doors closed tight. We decided to walk on to the shop a little further down the main street, but quickly realized that absolutely nothing was open! Not even restaurants decided to stay open for New Years dinners. We were out of luck. There was nothing open, and only a handful of other people actually even out on the street! Were did everyone go!? I suppose if you are going to go out in France, you head into Paris! We walked on through the town to check out the lights and came to an ice skating rink set up in the main square along with stalls selling crepes and vin chaud, but they were also closed up for the night. Once back to our apartment, I raided our cupboards and came up with some gluten free pasta and sauce. Luckily I had also brought some cookies and chocolate back from Florida so we had some treats to snack on through the night. A day later, I decided I needed to venture back out into the Christmas lights to photograph and share just how beautiful it is in Rambouillet. The photos don’t do it justice, but it will give you an idea how how it looks!
Twinkling tree outside City Hall
Shop decorated for Christmas
Shop decorated for Christmas
Ice skating rink in the main square
Lights strung across the streets
A Christmas window
Patisserie decorated for Christmas
Lights strung across the main street
Despite this little snag in our New Years Eve plans, I am looking forward to a 2014 full of new, promising adventures! I will be expanding Glimpse Jewelry designs to include more products, my blog will undergo a facelift and will include more DIY projects and recipes, all European inspired!
I would like to thank everyone for taking an interest in my blog and for following along on my adventures in Europe! All the best for 2014!!!