Ringing in the City of Lights

When in Paris, remember two things: sparkling white wine and champagne are the accepted drinks for New Years; if you get the two of them mixed up, run away very quickly. Such a mix up generally involves long, long lectures.

Parisians like their sweets on this holiday, and many of them mimic little firecrackers.

Speaking of which, both firecrackers and their larger brothers, fireworks, are completely legal and can be bought in Paris. Even if you do not choose to do so, many do, and as a result fireworks are often set off in the streets.

Ringing in the New Year on the Champs-Elysees is absolutely beautiful — and the festivities begin at 9pm!

Montmartre is another popular choice, specifically the plaza of the Sacre Coeur Cathedral.

Ringing in the City of Lights: 1

What could be more spectacular than welcoming in 2010 while in the heart of Paris? Darling, I just wish I could. Some year I will, but in the meantime, let’s talk about what there is to do in this dazzling city.

There are plenty of traditions for bringing in the New Year in Paris. Among them, St. Sylvestre — the New Year itself — begins on the first of January and ends on the first of February. At midnight on the first of January, Parisians begin exchanging those charming little cheek kisses and they which one another “Bonne Annee!”

These are by no means the only traditions, of course, but to celebrate the holiday like a true Parisian, they are certainly excellent places to start!

Bringing Your Dog To Paris

When you think about it – your dog is certainly part of your family, especially if you are a dog-owner like me.  If I could bring my dogs everywhere, I would.  Did you know that Paris is actually really big on dogs and almost everyone in the city has one?  So what’s to say that you, as a dog owner could not bring your pet with you on vacation to Paris?

There are a few steps that you need to go through in order to bring your pet though and that is what we are going to talk about in the next couple blogs.  One of the first things that you will need to do is make sure that you know all about the laws of the airline that you will be flying.

This just takes a little bit of research and asking quite a few questions – for example, calling the airline and finding out what you need to do to bring your dog to Paris is a great idea!