Bonjour tout le monde !
Warm Hot greetings from Paris. 34 degrees in the end of August – not bad.
I deserve it though since I missed all the nice weather in The Emerald Island (there is no such thing as summer in Ireland). I was taking advantage of the last free week I had here before the start of uni and therefore visited lots of places filled with Chinese people with selfie sticks. That includes the amazing Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. And here are some pictures of that trip. You’re welcome.
Champs-Élysées is a two kilometer long boulevard in Paris which is mostly famous for its luxury shopping and a cool shaped tree alley (okay it has pretty amazing history too but these two are likely the main reasons why this street is always crowded). The French proudly call it the most beautiful avenue in the world. But lets be honest, when have the French ever thought that something of theirs is NOT the best in the world?
Champs-Élysées is also the the home for one of the Ladurée shops in Paris. Ladurée is a French luxury bakery created in 1862. It is one of the world’s best-known premier sellers of macarons and people are going nuts to try them out. The line is constantly so long that the people don’t even fit in the huge bakery but wait on the street. Plus it’s not a treat you would have when you try to save a penny. A box of eight macarons cost us almost 20 euros. Are they worth it? Well, I am a big fan of delicacy and I think it’s worth to try them out once or maybe spoil yourself every once in a while but honestly you could get a similar box with half of that price from another bakery. Minus the fancy name. Plus they are a little too sweet for me.
PS. Ladurée also made macarons for the famous movie “Marie Antoinette”.
Sweets in cheeks we continued walking along the boulevard until the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in France. You can imagine that the words “famous” and “Paris” mean that there is no way that you can dodge the crowds. Add the world “summer” to the correlation and you can triple the amount of Chinese tourists on site. So take your time when visiting these sites cause you need it.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. It’s really a piece of art.
And to end this post, here are some views from up the tower. Totally worth the climb! One of the best views of Paris and that to every direction.
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Until next time,