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Happy New Year 2015 from Paris!

Happy New Year 2015!

Barefoot college, Tilonia, India, man sitting next to Merry Xmas/Happy New Year banner
December 25 at The Barefoot College in Tilonia, India. Solutions to make women “solar mamas”, independent in rural villages around the world with solutions in solar power, hygiene pads, commercial activities, etc.

The Paris Mayor’s Office brought in the new year with a spectacular display of “video-morphing” on the Arc-de-Triomphe. The spectacle lasted 20 minutes and ended with fireworks from the top. Wherever you were on December 31 (I was almost a month in northwest and central India), you can relive a slice of the moment virtually on their Daily Motion (French YouTube) channel.

Visit the Maire de Paris’ website for more virtual moments, with New Year 2015 page for photos along Champs Elysées and stills from the video. You will be awestruck by the masses that clogged the boulevard and the fun the mayor’s office had “morphing” the Arc.

Busy with many other commitments, currently, I will do my best to continue to bring you many happy Paris moments in 2015!

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/colleensparis and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!