Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Year begins - Welcoming in 2013

I have to say that taking holiday decorations down is hardly as exciting as putting them up. Something a bit sad about disrobing the Christmas tree that we so joyfully selected in late November. But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

I carefully take down the various ornaments that I have picked up over the years, in New York, London, Paris, Strasbourg, Cologne, and small villages in the South of France. One came crashing to the ground - a Moulin Rouge ball given to me by a friend. The tired tree no longer had the force to hold it up.

The star that took three people and about 30 minutes to set in place is put upon the table that is now covered with all these trinkets. I wish I could leave them up longer but it is time to move on ahead into the new year.

The coming of the new year means for many a time to make new plans and rigorous changes.

I try not to make resolutions as too often they are long forgotten by the time the cold Winter days have given way to Spring blossoms. I don't mean that I don't have new projects - believe me I am constantly planning or working on something - it is after all what keeps me going. But I don't need a new calendar year to mark the start of new things to come.

Resolutions are not the only things that are part of the new year. The new year also means increases in prices, from transportation to gas to food - oh inflation, how I do loath thee . . . No sooner have you emptied your wallets over the holiday season, do you find yourself having to tighten the belt, plan for your next holiday and pay some taxes. It is a bit funny to me that the Winter Sales in France start so soon after the Christmas season has passed. Where do they think people are stashing all that cash? What will this year's sales bring in a year that has been predicted to be an austere one?

So instead of making and divulging any New Year's resolutions that if typed up here may only serve as a testament to what I hoped to but may very well fail to accomplish, I thought instead to make some Paris resolutions instead.

My Paris resolutions for 2013

Before the end of the year,

I will finally go to see the Sainte Chapelle
I will climb to the top of as many buildings and structures as I can to take in the various views of Paris  (Eiffel Tower excluded) - from the Institut du Monde Arabe to the Tour Montparnasse
I will picnic in as many Paris parks as I possibly can
I will eat Berthillon ice-cream
I will dine in as many fabulous restaurants as I can
I will sit down at as many café terraces basking in whatever bit of sunshine this city gets and just take it all in
Because after all what's the point of a new year if you only make promises that are difficult to keep.

Happy New Year everyone.

Looking for a Paris holiday rental? Contact us at Feels Like Home in Paris. We look forward to greeting you in the city of light.


  1. Looking forward to doing some of these same things in July when we stay in one of your apartments!


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