After we left the park, we headed south toward the Arch – here are a couple of interesting things we saw on the way.
1) An awesome teapot and mugs with birds. If they hadn’t cost so much and we didn’t have such a long walk in front of us, we may have considered buying them. (Note: most of the store window displays included a price list for the items shown. Handy!)
2) A lot of people in Paris ride motorcycles and scooters … and apparently parking is available wherever you can find it. We saw them leaning against railings, chained to homes’ front fences, grouped together on street corners, but by far the most frequently, scattered about the sidewalks at random. I took quite a few photos of this on different days, but here is a sampling from Monday, near Parc Monceau.
3) A Parisian gas station, with a guy getting a fill-up for his little yellow car:
Yes, really. It consists of a sign and four dispensers, right on the sidewalk, right next to the street. I’m not sure if this would be really convenient (all you have to do is stop at the curb, get your gas, and go) – or a giant pain (no air for your tires, no bathroom, no shelter in case it’s raining, quite a wait if more than 2 cars want to fill up). I’m leaning toward the latter, especially as this is the only one we saw during our whole time in Paris, and we covered quite a bit of ground.
And then we reached the Arc de Triomphe – giant arch, lots of carvings, names of Napoleon’s battlegrounds and generals, etc. It was cool to see, and marvel at all the details, but what I really liked was the giant FLAG.
It really was rippling and waving in the wind nicely – it wasn’t a windy day, but the flag is essentially in a tunnel.
I’m actually not a huge fan of color-block flags, like the French flag. I personally prefer, aesthetically, ones with more interesting designs, like the Union Jack, or the Mexican flag, or of course the good old Stars and Stripes! But in this huge size, flowing and dancing and flying, it was very pretty.
So as not to inundate you with too many photos in one post (like yesterday?), I’m going to leave it here for now. Back later with photos from around John’s old home turf!