Sebastien and I traveled to Belgium and Paris right after Christmas with our friends, the Patels. It was lots of fun to introduce them to these special places, and I think they are new fans! We started in Paris for 4 days, including New Year's Eve. Then, we headed to Belgium for a few days to visit Brussels and Brugge and to spend time with family.
At Sacre Coeur in the Montmartre neighborhood, there are always performers entertaining the crowd. This time we were able to watch the AMAZING skills of Iya Traore (you have to watch this video - make sure to see the last two minutes)!!
Then, we headed back down the hill to the center of Paris. We strolled down Rue des Martyrs, which is heaven for foodies! The street is lined with butchers, pastry shops, seafood stands, and bakeries.
One evening we enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Seine.
And, then on New Year's Eve, we ate at Bofinger. It is a historic brasserie that did not disappoint.
Trio of Foie Gras
Dinner lasted longer than expected, and we were racing via subway to celebrate the New Year with 500,000 other people on the Champs Elysees, but since the subway is free on New Year's Eve, it was crazy! We ended up celebrating midnight in a jam packed subway car with probable French gang members and thumping French rap music. It was actually a great memory:)
We made it to the Arc de Triomphe about 12:10 and had fun celebrating on the street!
The next day we headed to Belgium, and Sebastien got to meet his new godson!
Arthur Sebastien Demoiny-Ruth
Paris is still my favorite city. I would move there in a heartbeat! As you know, Paris witnessed a horrific terrorist attack this past week. I pray for healing, peace, reconciliation, and grace over the city.