Third day in Paris. I decided to show Mark the city’s posh side.
We started at Le Louvre and crossed the Jardin des Tuileries to get to place de la Concorde.
“Kind of look Egyptian,” Mark said when he saw the obelisk.
“How did it get there?”
“Traded for a French mechanical clock that never worked.”
“You can’t do that!”
Oh, babe… let me introduce you to slave trade, the Opium War and other “trade initiatives” from Europe…
We took rue Saint-Honoré.
“Are these good?” Mark asked in front of a very packed shop while I was checking the map. I looked up. We were standing in front of Ladurée.
“What? Oh, macarons? Honestly? Overrated.” I mean, it’s kind of true. Hard to make and colourful, for sure, but definitely not the best French pastries. I got Mark addicted to éclairs au café, now you’re talking.
We finally reached place Vendôme, home to Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Cartier, Rolex, The Ritz luxury hotel and more surprisingly, the ministère de la justice. We enjoyed window-shopping but sadly, Mark told me he couldn’t afford the lovely €31,800 ring nor the earrings (only €8,400, a steal!). We admired a few Ferrari parked in front of the Ritz and I had a good laugh in front of Louis Vuitton because of the sticker on the security door—“we take social distancing seriously.” Well, no shit. Louis Vuitton basically strives for social distancing.
We headed to the Galeries Lafayette department store, just behind the Opéra Garnier, for a fun, free attraction—the rooftop terraces. This is a great stop for Parisian chic—no need to buy anything, just enjoy the atmosphere—and a great view of Paris (plus free fancy bathrooms!).
In the evening, Mark wanted to check out Les Halles again—he finds this huge shopping mall/transit hub fascinating, or maybe he just misses North American malls, who knows. I realized I didn’t show him the nearby Pompidou Centre, so good pick.
Then we spent most of the night hanging out on the quais along the Seine River for live music, a fun atmosphere and great city lights.