The first picture here is of the corner of Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie and George V, as seen from just outside the door to our hotel. One afternoon it rained for about 30 minutes, and that just happens to be when I stepped outside to snap area photos, so unfortunately it leaves one with the impression that it rained alot while we where in Paris. Not true: it rained on the travel days (arriving and departing, so no harm done) and 30 minutes one afternoon. We were fortunate.
Second, note the poster for the Indiana Jones movie. Posters for Indiana Jones were all over Paris and Italy. Only one movie was even more prevalent: Sex and the City. For every Indiana Jones poster, we must have seen 3 Sex and the City posters. They were everywhere.
Some tourists (all male) stationed themselves in the middle of Champs Elysses with a camera on a tripod to get that perfect shot of Champs Elysses. I value my record of no broken bones too much to do that.
This was the view we often saw while sitting at the cafe. It was a non-stop stream of small cars and motorbikes. The motorbikes were the most fun to watch - men in business suits and women in high heels. On Saturday night about 2 AM, we watched as tow trucks cruised the area looking for illegally parked cars. They must have towed three off in front of the cafe within about 3o minutes. They could have a car hooked and removed within about 60 seconds, even if it was boxed in front and rear by other cars (they had lifts).
Also, we watched a dude "create" is own parking spot by starting at the corner of the block and inching forward pushing the end car forward, which pushed the next car forward which then even pushed the next car forward! I'm not making this up! The end result was four cars bumper to bumper with zero room between cars! Unfortunately, a 20-something female reveler then came out to leave in her car and was speechless at what she saw. She just stood there. I went up to her and tried to explain was happened, but she did not speak English. Glad it wasn't my car!
Of the 2000+ photos I took during the trip, I have processed about 10% of them at this point, mostly photos from the Louvre. Therefore, the next few posts will be about the Louvre. Stay tuned, but it may take awhile.
Photos in this post: Olympus C-5060