Day seven. FIREWORKS!!!

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If you're not much of a fireworks fan, today's photos aren't going to please you. However, there is a story to tell about taking the fireworks pics. I'll get back to you on that one, as the fireworks were in the evening and I like things in a chronological order. Today was an uneventful day. We walked a bit through town to scan for a good position to take photos from later tonight. Furthermore, Eelco needed a new pair of gloves. One of the shops we went to was 'sport'shouse'. I've written a review to warn you about this place, for it is a dangerous shop for all sorts of people.

 

As mentioned, today it's new years eve, so, out with the old, here comes the new.

Big party
That goes for Eelco's beard as well. He has this tradition of shaving his beard off at New Years Eve. After twelve months of looking at his beard, it is always a strange sight to see him without it. Speaking of tradition, I want to tell you about two; one from the Netherlands and one from Chesieres - Villars. To start with the latter, perhaps it isn't unique to this place but here in the village it is a custom to go to the town square, carrying a bottle of Champagne to celebrate and counting down the last few seconds of the year. At midnight, everybody embraces and starts kissing each other. I was looking forward to that :)

 

In the Netherlands, we also have Champagne at New Years Eve, but it is accompanied by traditional Dutch food; appelflappen and oliebollen.

They are deep-fried, but kept in the oven to keep them warm
Oliebollen are deep-fried balls of dough with raisins. The texture is a bit like a doughnut, but firmer. They best way to eat them is lukewarm with icing sugar on top. Personally, I don't like them very much but that is due to the raisins inside. Appelflappen on the other hand, I think are lovely. They are discs of sliced apple, dipped in a batter and then deep-fried, after which they're sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Eat them while they are still warm, hmmmm! To make us feel 'home away from home', Jacomien prepared some for us.

 

After we all had some pink Champaign at the chalet, Eelco and I went to the town square, each with a bottle of Champaign under our arm. Under my other arm, I carried my tripod. It is hard to take good photos of fireworks, so I wanted my camera to be as steady and still as possible.

constellation Orion
I had found a super spot earlier today, away from the crowds, in total darkness. However, Eelco wanted to roam the streets, joining the party crowd. Now, I would think that is something you do after the fireworks. A Party like this goes on and on, so you needn’t worry about missing out on anything. The music was too loud for my taste; in fact, it wasn’t my taste at all. However, it is give and take in life, and Eelco is a dear friend. Therefore, I was standing in the middle of the partying crowd when I heard 10… 9… 8…, Oh f**k! Pardon my French, but it felt like being stabbed in the chest. With this bouncing up and down crowd around me, none of my pictures would come out right. I promised my loyal TravBuddies I'd get some nice pics, so I had to get out of this crowd. I pushed and I shoved… 7… 6… 5… stepped on a few toes… 4… 3…and I may have stuck my elbow in somebody's eye… 2… 1! Happy New Year! BANG!! KABOOM!!!  Damn, I missed the first.
the overhead wire of the train
Finally, I was out of the crowd. KLABAM!!!! While scanning for a scarcely lit spot, I missed the second one. In the end, I was standing at the train station. Many of my photos therefore show a double line, the overhead wire of the train :( You'll understand I was disappointed. My pictures weren’t as good as I hoped, nor did I get to kiss a lot of people. Alas, but there's always next year :) The Champaign was lovely though, and I had a bottle all to myself.

Sunflower300 says:
Oooh, I have been looking forward to this.

Don't mind the disappointment of New Years Eve... get any disappointment over with early, and the rest of the year will be great!
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
fiederelsje says:
The suspense at the end was killing me :)
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
Sweetski says:
Thank you John, they are coming right up!
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
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twins
twins
Big party
Big party
They are deep-fried, but kept in t…
They are deep-fried, but kept in …
constellation Orion
constellation Orion
the overhead wire of the train
the overhead wire of the train
Appelflap close up
Appelflap close up
There was a snow canon...
There was a snow canon...
... making it snow
... making it snow
Laser beams and smoke machine
Laser beams and smoke machine
Laser beams with snow form canon
Laser beams with snow form canon
My first photo (after I had missed…
My first photo (after I had misse…
Red behind trees
Red behind trees
Night sky. Dont know which conste…
Night sky. Don't know which const…
Big Dipper, Lesser bear? I never r…
Big Dipper, Lesser bear? I never …
The crowd in purple glow
The crowd in purple glow
A market took place as well.
A market took place as well.
Pano view of the crowd
Pano view of the crowd
off focus
off focus
The laser beams created a show on …
The laser beams created a show on…
golden rainfall with pink glow
golden rainfall with pink glow
double fire shower
double fire shower
with line and roof of train station
with line and roof of train station
colorful
colorful
Three!
Three!
Looks better in real life
Looks better in real life
Very bright
Very bright
Three different stages
Three different stages
It has a neon quality to it
It has a neon quality to it
Purple rain
Purple rain
Just a single one
Just a single one
Green glow in the woods
Green glow in the woods
Almost looks like nebula in a dist…
Almost looks like nebula in a dis…
The faintest sparks dying away
The faintest sparks dying away
White lights
White lights
they were swirling and curling
they were swirling and curling
I like the blue and fiery orange
I like the blue and fiery orange
Golden yellow
Golden yellow
Red sky
Red sky
explosion within an explosion
explosion within an explosion
Powerful bangs and booms go with it
Powerful bangs and booms go with it
Nice round ball
Nice round ball
Captured at the moment of exploding
Captured at the moment of exploding
Mama and her baby
Mama and her baby
Silver shower
Silver shower
Lets not call this one golden sh…
Let's not call this one 'golden s…
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Eelco needed some new gloves and one of the shopes we visited was sport'shouse. Don't mind the spelling, it is theirs! After a hardly noticeable, but … read entire review
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