Friday, May 18, 2012

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Louvre

I recently traveled to Paris with my husband and younger daughter, Kate, to visit the great museums and to walk one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But a funny thing happened on the way to a nighttime view of the Louvre. On May 6, the French went to the polls and elected a new president, Francois Hollande. We were out and about when the election results were announced. Our first hint that something big was about to happen was when car horns started going off. The second was when we were in the Place de la Concorde and found TV camera lights trained on US! We thought, "What a welcome!" But as the crowd grew, we realized that this was not a French welcoming committee. Before you knew it, the three of us were parading with thousands of  Parisians shouting "Vive le France!" We walked merrily along, enjoying the enthusiasm of the crowd, but when the numbers started approaching 10,000, we decided to leave the French to their celebrations. It was quite a night, the merrymaking going on for hours.

Can you find Paul, Kate, and me in the picture? I'll give you a hint. We are center right, just above the white marquee.


  1. Wow! What an experience. The crowds would have terrified me, but what a neat moment to be a part of.

  2. Mary, how did you know we love "Where's Waldo?" in our house? Got the kids looking for you guys right now! Should keep them occupied for a few hours...great patenting! ;)

  3. Hi Jessica. It did get a little unnerving as the crowds kept growing, but everyone was well behaved. The crowd was overwhelmingly young.

    Jakki, We're towards the right of the picture. Does that help? :)

  4. What an experience! It was so nice of them to greet you that way! ;)

    I don't like crowds, so that would be nerve racking for me! Interesting that the crowd was full of young people.