New Year's eve in Paris was not what I expected
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Jacob and I took it easy next morning; we slept as long as we could and went out from Madam René’s hotel and found a small café to have our croissants and coffee’s. Yet again it was an day without any plans than just to stroll on the streets of Paris and looking at the preparations for the big evening.
We left the café and decided just to walk for hours and visit some of the small streets where the markets hopefully would be full of goodies and people shopping. We started by walking to Basilique du Sacré-Cœur which always is a great place to take direction from. It took us a while to get there and first there we enjoyed the sunshine and the almost blue sky.
From here we headed down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées the prestigious avenue with its cinemas, cafés, luxury, specialty shops and clipped horse-chestnut trees. Jacob fresh as always said that he would give a cup of coffee at Champs-Élysées and I had believed him but instead he took me to the Danish church around the corner where we could have a plastic cup with coffee for 50 cent.
We walked from here back towards the small shopping streets and enjoyed the small stands with all their fresh seafood. We went back to the Latin Quarter where we stayed and booked a table for the evening at Vagenende which was a place we both had learned to appreciate over the years.
Vagenende is located on the legendary boulevard St Germain and the restaurant have barely changed since its opening at the beginning of the 20th century; the interior is Art Nouveau with lovely décors and copper fittings which conjure up images of the past.
We decided to go and buy some bottles of champagne and go back to our hotel room and rest for some hours before getting ready for a special evening in Paris.
After that my friend Jacob and I had relaxed for some time; Jacob always falls asleep while I stay up and read we decided to kill one of the champagne bottles in our hotel room before heading out in the street life. We had no idea of what the evening would bring but we both had high ambitions on behalf of the French New Year’s evening.
We left an hour later for the streets and saw that the normal life was still going on. It was far from what we were used to in Copenhagen. We found a couple of bars and enjoyed some beers before we headed for Restaurant Vagenende. We got in pretty easy since we had been booking our table two days earlier.
We decided to go all the way with our menu; champagne for starters, 3 courses and good wine. We were having good fun and it didn’t take long before we talked a lot with the neighbouring table which were a couple from Germany where she was from Somali. They were really great fun; he was crazy in love and she was looking to have a fun evening. Our dinner didn’t end before after midnight because the restaurant was really busy. I really had loads of fun when we counted down for 2004 because all that happen was that the closed the light in the restaurant for 30 second and shouted a Bonne Annee and then everything was back to normal. At that point there were still people queuing to get in to the restaurant. It was obvious that the New Year’s evening was just another night.
We stayed there until 1.30 pm and Jacob wanted to go back to bed for an early night. I let him go and I went to a bar in the neighbouring bar where I had fun until 4 pm where I went back to the hotel.