on June 6, 2003
While we didn’t have the same pomp and circumstance that the victory parades had after both world wars, we did march down the Champs Elysées. The "triumphal way" is lined with trees and shops galore. If you continue down the Champs Elysées until you reach the Egyptian obelisk at place de la Concorde, hold onto your hat – and your head. Some of France’s most famous names lost theirs to the guillotine in that square.
The main Paris boulevard also boasts some of the biggest names in fashion and shopping. We walked past Chanel, and took a peek inside the Luis Vitton store. I could have a change purse for mere change – 110 €! Well, it was nice to look anyway. We also passed the Lacoste shop, and I took some time to drool over the watches in the Swatch store. Then I bought my dad a real silk tie from Monoprix – the Paris answer to Wal-Mart without the cheesy atmosphere.
Afterwards, I purchased another pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant) from a patisserie and sat at a café table and watched Paris walk by.
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