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... and 2018 arrived!


Yes, we were a few hundred thousand on the Champs Elysées waiting for 2018 to arrive. A lot of security…. No bottles allowed – the champagne had to be taken before or after. I was not allowed on the platform for some better overview pictures, like some more professional photographers, and I didn’t bring a drone… so I stole a picture on the net. 




The count-down started at 23:20 with a new image on the Arch of Triumph every minute…


… until 23:40, when a “son-et-lumière” started. There were tens and tens of illustrations and a lot of sound. 





My camera had sometimes difficulties to know whether to concentrate on the Arch of Triumph or on the smartphone on a stick. 

We were now and then reminded about the hour and minutes… 


… and then suddenly, it was 2018… and some rather modest three minutes of fireworks. 


(Surprisingly, there are no fireworks around the Eiffel Tower December 31 - only July 14. There was an exception when the year 2000 arrived.)

10 comments:

Jeanie said...

It looks like loads of fun, Peter -- and beautiful with those fabulous projections!

Happy New Year! I look forward to many delightful visits here in 2018!

RedPat said...

That is amazing!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Splendid colours. I can imagine the revelry and cheer!

claude said...

J'ai vu à la télé, c'était super.

Regine Karpel said...

Happy 2018.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year ! These pictures are amazing ! So beautiful ! ! !

redheadwithglasses said...

Spectacular! Ohhhh to be there! Thank you for these photos!

Studio at the Farm said...

A very wonderful Happy New Year to you, Peter!!!

Kathryn

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Peter!
And thank you so much for this wonderful post!

Maria

Thérèse said...

Happy 2018 full of colors Peter.