Happy New Year French Style!

Anyone who read my last post will know just how thoroughly miserable my Christmas turned out to be and appreciate why I was looking forward to celebrating the New Year so much. After all, no-one wants the whole of their festive season to be a complete wash out.

Not that we had any concrete plans in place. With Robert flying into Paris and then getting the TVG into Rennes late New Year’s eve, all we’d arranged was that I would collect him from the train station and we’d decide what to do from there.

To say I felt nervous about the drive though is an understatement. Me, behind the wheel in the dark and with no clue as to where I’m going has never been the best of combinations. But to then put me on the wrong side of the road as well… Let’s just say, Robert could’ve been in for a very long wait. Yes, I have Satnav, but experience has proven even the latest in technology can’t prevent me from getting lost.


That said, on this occasion I’m pleased to say I surpassed myself. Failing to take a single wrong turn I didn’t just get to Rennes, I negotiated the city centre like a pro, successfully meeting Robert off the train and on time. I know, impressive eh?

Anyway, rather than head straight home, we decided to have a wander. Not that being on foot told me or Robert which direction we should take, so we decided that when in doubt we should just follow the crowd.

Joining the throng of people we found ourselves herded into the Place de la Mairie, a large square surrounded by a perimeter of beautiful old buildings. And although we guessed this was Rennes’ answer to Trafalgar Square when it comes to New Year celebrations, we still didn’t know what to expect.

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Especially when everything suddenly went black and fireworks all at once erupted.

Told you I’m not technically minded. A few seconds in and my phone ran out of charge!

From this we were treat to a story told through words, pictures, music, fireworks and dance. – a totally unexpected, yet certainly enjoyable, experience. And one that made a great introduction to 2014.

So how did you all spend New Years eve? Whatever your plans, I hope your night was as much fun as mine.

Happy 2014, everyone x

9 responses to “Happy New Year French Style!

  1. You did brilliantly! Bravo mon amie! I’m pleased you got a taster of the New Year in France….we did the usual of staying home and turning in at the usual time….important with a young child! Bonne Annee! Bonne sante! (You can say either) to you both! See you soon! :O)xx

  2. Well done you! Happy 2014 and lots of good things for this new year. I didn’t ‘have,’ Christmas again this year or NYE – with mother and, well, enough said. She doesn’t do either and celebrations are not her bag. Won’t bore you. Glad you survived the drive. 🙂

    • To say I wasn’t looking forward to it, I’m surprised at how well the drive went, Jane. It’s a shame you didn’t get to celebrate Christmas and New in the way you might like – here’s to next year’s being fab for us both. You never know, maybe your mum will have a change of heart when it comes to these things x

      • Ah thanks Suzie, but she won’t change after 84 years. But I do agree that 2014 will be a FAB year for us all and for you and your family as well as OUR writing! 🙂

    • Definitely, Kate, and as my New Year’s resolution is to try and be a bit more adventurous, I shall be getting on those French roads a whole lot more. I don’t know who I feel sorry for the most – myself or the other car users! x

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