Paris is always having displays of this and that around the city. Some of the largest ones are done on the Champs Elysees. They actually close the avenue and put up various exhibits. The best one I saw was ancient engines from trains. Last year I tried to see the Chinese New Year parade as it went down the Champs. It was a year of a China and France cultural exchange and that year the parade was to be full of people and objects from China. The only problem was that there were so many people that I couldn’t see a thing. It was so crowded that it felt dangerous-if you fell you would be squashed like a crepe. I finally left with not one photo. So this year the Champs was closed again this time with gardens and flowers. The temperature was in the 80’s at three in the afternoon by the time my friend and I got there and, once more, there were so many people that it was crazy. I saw some grass and that was about it. There may have been flowers but we decided to leave after a short time and take off down a side street to catch a bus back home. I’ve decided to skip this type of thing from now on. As my friend said, “Parisians really love their city and they love these types of events”. I think I will be happy just to come upon one accidentally in another area of Paris with just a few people milling around which has happened to me before.