Perhaps the most exciting event has been election night where Francois Hollande defeated Sarkozy. The Bastille, Champs-Elysees and Tuileries were so crazy. There was such chaos and excitement in a way I had never experienced before. Even through St. Germaine des Pres there were thousands of people cheering, marching and celebrating. All over the Latin Quarter, bars and cafes were televising Hollande's acceptance speech and everyone was glued to the tv.
I walked around a little more that evening across the Pont Neuf, through the Latin Quarter back to St. Germaine des Pres to finally get some sleep after being up for so long.