On the way to and from rendez-vous my last few nights in Paris for the year, I snagged some photos. Last Monday night a friend and I hung out in the Bastille area and walked through the annual amusement park in the center of the busy roundabout, which included a haunted house ride called “Thriller.” The maison hantée was topped by an American flag and played a recording of Michael Jackson’s voice periodically. You probably knew that Michael Jackson was a global icon, but I bet you didn’t realize that the French consider him an appropriate addition to an amusement park at Christmastime.
On my bike ride home from the Bastille, I came upon Notre Dame shortly before midnight. Last year there was no Christmas tree in front of the cathedral, so I didn’t expect to see one this year. I approached and gazed skyward for a while.As the year draws to a close and you are likely rushing around with various obligations, I hope you get a chance to pause for a moment of peace, no matter how brief!