Letter from Paris: Bonne Année and Happy 2015

New Year's Day 2015, Paris

New Year’s Day 2015, Paris

Instead of sending cards at Christmas or Hanukkah, Parisians send best wishes, or meilleurs voeux, for the new year.

The greeting Bonne Année is generally held back until the clock and calendar officially turn over to the 1st of January. However, our dear elderly neighbours, who invited us for a petit apéritif at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, ended our visit with many bises (double kisses) and Bonne Années.

We’ve been blessed with fine weather this week in Paris. The city is beautiful for walking virtually any day of the year but particularly so when the sun shines. We only had a short time to soak it up but feel we made the most of it and couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity.

Tomorrow it’s back to England where a busy new year awaits.

Wishing you all a très bonne année filled with health and happiness.

The wheel of time keeps turning, as does la Grand Roue at Place de la Concorde, Paris

The wheel of time keeps turning, as does la Grand Roue at Place de la Concorde, Paris

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Felixstowe.

6 Responses

  1. An interesting note about the new year’s custom of many Parisians. In Pennsylvania many people think it is good luck to eat pork and sauerkraut on January 1, so I am off to the kitchen to prepare said dish.

  2. Happy new year, Eleanor!

    Hope the pork and sauerkraut was good 🙂 In recent years I’ve also learned some Americans have black-eyed peas to welcome in the new year. Lots of seafood in Paris. I think champagne may be universal!

  3. All the best for 2015, Carolyn. Maybe when you are in Paris one time, you might like to take a 1 1/2 hour train ride to Blois and visit a couple of castles. We could do lunch together.

  4. Thank you Rosemary and happy 2015 to you and your hubby! Hope your paths do cross sometime this year 🙂 Cheers.

  5. Wow! Beautiful clear blue skies! Picture perfect Paris. Glad you had a great visit. Wishing the two of you all the best to come in the New Year. Bonne Année.


  6. Greetings Leesa!

    Thanks for your comment and lovely to see you here. Hope you and yours are well and wishing you a very happy 2015.

    Cheers xx

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