It's not every day that you get to see the Christmas lights coming to life in Paris. And it's not every day that you get to see a celebrity either. And when I say celebrity, I don't mean a one hit wonder from the 70s trying to make a 2012 comeback - I mean Diane Kruger, the stunningly beautiful actress who currently lives in Paris and was cast as Helen of Troy in 2004 opposite the (ex) love of my life Orlando Bloom. And when Christmas lights and Diane Kruger join together, you should get an amalgamation of something really quite beautiful.
The Christmas lights on the Champs Elysées (or as I've nicknamed it, "The Champers'') were officially turned on last night and crowds of people gathered around a small stage near the Arch du Triomphe exit at Charles de Gaulle Etoile to catch a glimmer of Paris coming alive with Christmas cheer. Despite the buzzing atmosphere, it was definitely a stressful experience, being pushed around and forced to practically hang onto the person in front of you for dear life. But we had all come here for a reason; to be present for this memorable event in the company of a Hollywood actress.
She stood there, looking as radiant as ever, cameras mounting on her every movement. Then came the big moment. Glitter and confetti showered the arena and came tumbling down in shimmering silver streaks like a never ending firework and the lights flickered. I was hoping for a stunning display of French creativity (I'm in a city nicknamed the City of Lights after all), but was instead left disappointed. Tacky rings were attached to all the trees along the famous street, flashing orange, then purple, then pink. I was hoping for silver fairy lights twinkling in the leaves, but Christmas never looked more tasteless and commercial. They were like giant glow in the dark wristbands. I frowned, knowing that this month's taxes would be paying for it.
Watch this space.