Together with our new friends Nicolas and Lucie (a great story that will have to wait til later), we returned to the Fête des Lumières. Though most of the images are repeats, they show different parts of the sequences that we saw. Keep in mind that the images that are projected on the buildings are filled with motion and constantly change during each performance. Some use the architecture as part of the imagery and some merely use it as a screen on which to project. The music and sounds that accompany each performance truly adds to the beauty and magic.
For us this specific evening, something else was equally impressive, … the crowds! I have never seen so many people. From young children, teenagers, college students, parents, and grandparents everyone was in the spirit of the season and the event. It is said that the Fête des Lumières is one of the largest festivals in the world. Third only to Carnival in Rio, Brazil and Oktoberfest in Munich, it draws over 3 million into the city during the 4 nights. Every street was filled with people moving between the 70 venues.
It was marvellous!