Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday 26 December - Flaneurs on rue Saint Honore

The weather was so good today that we just wanted to go out and walk around.  Lots of blue sky with a few clouds, light winds and temperatures around 10C. Courcelles is a grand avenue with a row of apartments looking on to Parc Monceau. There is a flower market at Ternes which is a pleasant shopping street.
This is a common way of displaying carpets for sale in street markets.  Rue des Ternes
We then changed direction and walked into town along the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore and eventually the Rue Saint Honore.  There are lots of high end shops selling expensive chocolate etc. and the area becomes more exclusive as we approached the Elysee Palace. There were a lot of police and military around here together with a number of news cameramen. Maybe the president was just receiving the bad news about the increase in unemployment. We learned the next day that today someone drove a car into the gates and was taken to hospital.

Eventually we came to La Madeleine and lots of tourists.
Back to the 17th where we had lunch at a creperie - galette de Coquilles St. Jacques (scallops) in an Emmenthal sauce with leeks.

A lovely day for wandering around.

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