Paris, 2012 Europe Trip – Part 7

A short post about the end of the first day tour. Enjoy! 🙂

Near the end of the tour, we were taken to Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous streets in the world. Lined on either sides by meticulously kept trees and luxury stores, we had quite a time running through the rain and tumbling into Louis Vuitton and other brand stores in a slippery, wet mesh, much to the despair of the store employees. We didn’t actually buy anything though; the price tags were forbiddingly outrageous.

At the end of the street was the Arc de Triomphe! The second biggest monumental arch in the world (the North Korean knock-off, built int he 80’s, is a little bit bigger), the thing was colossal! We had to walk through this underground passageway to get to the arch though, as the road that circled the monument had no traffic lights. In fact, it didn’t even have lines painted on the ground; it’s a miracle there aren’t any accidents!

They were having some kind of ceremony when we went there, though I’m not sure which ceremony it was. It wasn’t the ceremony for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, I know that for sure, because that’s held in November. Whatever the occasion, it was a small ceremony, with a marching band, a few soldiers, some official looking people, and two or three TV crews covering the event. Very cute 🙂

Signing off,
Marie

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