Like last year at this time, it has snowed. Last year I didn't get out right away as the wind was blowing and by the time I finally ventured forth on the next day, most of the snow had been destroyed by Parisians walking in it or making snowballs. This year I got out right away hoping to get some great photos. The snow wasn't as heavy or as deep as last year, but I got some photos.
The view on the way to my metro stop.
A champagne glass left from the night before.
The Tuleries Garden.
Paris was beautiful after the snow with blue skies and sunshine.
A reflection in Palais Royal
A fancy metro stop at Palais Royal
This is also the month for the Chinese New Year. It was a big deal in Paris this year and the parade went down the Champs Elysees. I went early hoping for some good photos but never got near the parade. There were people 15 or 20 deep along the route and I never found a place to take any photos.
One neat thing they did was light up the Eiffel Tower in red for one week to celebrate the Chinese New Year. There have been thing all year long in association with China with exhibits and art, and this was the latest costing only 400,000 Euros. I don't know if it was just a once in a life time event but I managed to get there one night for photos just in case. I have a new camera and most of my photos didn't turn out but I got a few.
One of my blurry ones
With the flashing lights as well as the red tower.
My favorite photo
I have enjoyed exploring Aix during our times here in Provence. (I have decided to make these times part of my everyday journal and only put the house building adventures under Provence for now.) Aix is a wonderful city to walk around, full of narrow winding streets, interesting cathedrals, and fountains everywhere.
An interesting facade over a window in Aix
An elegant, spectacular sculpture at the Hotel de Ville
A creche in a church-figures are about a foot high
I don't know the age of this fountain, but think the face looks very modern.
A guy with back pain holding up a doorway
Snow in sunny Provence as seen from our back yard.