"Love This City"

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Whitlams were singing about Sydney in the Tim Freedman song from the album of the same name, but for me, it's Paris. Even on an overcast day threatening rain, things were delightful.

We caught the Metro over to the Arc de Triomphe which Rob and Liz climbed. You may just be able to make out Liz's salmon coloured top if you are able to zoom right in to the top right of the photo.

Armed with plastic, we fended off more gypsy women and headed down the Champs Elysee. Despite exploring Cartier and Louis Vutton, all we bought between us was one baguette. Interestingly, the Macdonalds store there still maintained the standard prices. Wandering continued through La Place de la Concorde at the bottom of the mile and across into Le Jardin de Tulleries where girls split from boy for the obligatory city department store tour.

And the Parisiennes do department stores well!

We barely scraped the surface of Galleries Lafayette and Printemps in two hours. Galleries Lafayette is set around an enormous, breathtaking stained glass domed ceiling above tiers of gilded plasterworked balcony boutiques. A stunning range of fashions in elegant boutiques within the stores - and if you wave your passport, you get a 10% discount on the spot. Christmas shopping has started early this year.

Tonight, we returned to the Trocodero above the Eiffel Tower to grump at a few more gypsy men selling tacky Eiffel Tower souvenirs and see the evening light show. The weather was cold and threatened rain, but held off until the 10pm display which was rather captivating. Check the movie. The wait also afforded time to sample a freshly made takeaway crepe.

Meanwhile, the rat shop was not in direct sunlight when we passed today, so you can enjoy fresh shots of that as well! Got to love this city!

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rohanbu on

Yeah goooooood album
Hey Mum
The Arc de Triumph was what Hitler marched through sometime in the 1940's right? Anyway cool photos sounds like your having a blast. That McMassive glass dome looks amazing also
Gimme an email sometime

ameliah on

French food ... what else?!
Hi Jenny,

Really been enjoying your blog. Paris sounds fantastic. Reminds me of a great book i read by a Herald Sun food critic Stephen Downes called Paris on a Plate. It's all about fantastic little foodie haunts that you'd only know about if you were a local. Should have thought to lend it to you! I will for your next trip!

Before you leave Paris do everything within your power to find/eat Mazet chocolates. If there was one down side to working at Simon Johnson it was discovering a liking for anything French. The Mazet almond pralines (almond, praline, another layer of praline and then cocoa... mmm )are to die for. Supposdly in France they're as cheap as Cadubry over here which is amazing considering at SJ they're $60 for a 200g tin.

All this foodie talk ... mmmm :)

Anyway, hope you're having a fantastic trip. Enjoy the next leg. We'll have to have a chat about all the fantastic food you tried when you get back.



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