If you thought that Paris was the City of Lights before, just take a look at it today. This years display on the Champs-Elysees was *plugged-in* yesterday and it didn’t disappoint! Every year since 1981, the lighting of the topped trees along the famous promenade have marked the start of the Holiday season, similar to the Christmas tree lighting in NYC.
Even though the trees are now bathed in blue light, the lights are really green. No, I am not colorblind folks! Green, meaning environmentally friendly. They are brighter, but more energy efficient at the same time. It seems like some of the French Government may have actually heard Al Gore. Now if we could only get our own Government to listen..and act!!
If you are lucky enough to be visiting between now and the middle of January you should make a point to stroll along the Champs-Elysees, check out the lights and do some shopping, while you are at it! And I wouldn’t recommend running into the middle of the street, in rush hour traffic to snag a picture, like this photographer did. Oh, I do hope he is alright….
Photo: courtesy of the Associated Press