Never Again

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.

Here’s the first display we came to. You can see the Arch de Triumph in the distance. It was to celebrate gardens and growing things I think. I wish I could have gotten there early in the morning.

There is a large Adidas store on the Champs Elysees and the French Tennis Open is going on now so they had these tennis balls “smashing” into the building. I liked it.

Monoprix also got into the act with a floral and greenery display.

On the way to the bus stop we passed this famous restaurant. Very high prices as you might expect. I think I enjoy meals at simpler places although I wouldn’t pass up an offer of a free meal here.

11 thoughts to “Never Again”

  1. I see the French as very active particpators in these kind of animations. I went to the Salon du Chocolat at 3pm on a Sunday in Marseille at Parc Chanot and I can promise you I won’t be doing that again. I much prefer a quiet outing like we had in Val Joanis…I’m getting agoraphobic here in midlife.

  2. I think you are right .. and my friends who went said it wasn’t that good either, and didn’t manage to a photo.. Oh a couple I think šŸ™

  3. Really interesting — the train one sounds good! I agree with you about the crowds, though — not my favourite experience when it’s like that!

    Cheers and take care.

  4. I refuse to go anywhere there are likely to be throngs of people, too. The Louvre was such a disappointment because of the masses of people all stepping on each other, bumping, jostling, pushing, yelling, flashing cameras. And the heat! And smell! Blech. And we DID go first thing in the morning. I couldn’t wait to get out of there and we didn’t even get to see much of anything.

  5. I avoid crowds too. Luckily, I’m an early riser, so I can usually get places before everyone else. Then I go home to take a nap!

  6. Toooooo many people there, I agree. But I have to say it was pretty amazing to think about all the work that went into the transformation. Did you see the stacked cords of logs further down towards the Place de Concorde? I was impressed by that. I kept wondering how long it took and how in the heck they got the wood stacked overnight like that.

    I would have liked to have watched the chaos of the setup more than the event!

    I took a pic of the tennis balls on the Adidas store walls, too. šŸ™‚

    Glad you survived to tell the tale. šŸ™‚

  7. Crowds are so energy sapping, or so I’ve found, the older I get. And the hot weather too…Yes a morning stroll down the Champs might have been more pleasant. You captured some really unique decor on the store fronts.

  8. I totally agree with you. I love Paris but I try not to go there especially in summer vacation season..well..but still lovely city šŸ˜‰ I liked walking around montmartre in early morning.

  9. yep… i do tend to avoid crowds too. i prefer to have some personal space… i cant imagine all the sweats and smell from the crowds!

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