Paris - Day the Fifth

by Jin Choi and Eve Andersson

Home : Paris : One Day

Despite Malte's departure in the morning of the fifth day, we had a splendid last day in Paris.

We began our day at the Arc de Triomphe, built from 1806-1836 (initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte). The Arc in itself was beautiful, with relief sculptures by a number of artists, but I was most impressed by the view from the top. The Arc is in the center of the Place de Charles de Gaulle, formerly called the Place de l'Itoile, which means "Place of the Stars," an appropriate name because all the streets extend radially from the Arc. A geometer's paradise.

Tracy had no greater desire during the entire trip than to take a tour bus and now, finally, she got her chance. Guided tours departed periodically from the Arc, so Jin, Rolf, and I agreed to meet her back there in three hours while we explored the Champs-Ilysies, a street of history and shopping.

We spent many hours that night at a delightful restaurant/jazz club called Bilbouquet, where Tracy and Rolf tried both escargot and intestines. The highlight of the evening (and perhaps of the trip) was a Benny Goodman-inspired band with clarinet (of course), vibraphone, piano, and drums.

Tracy, Jin, and Rolf in front of the Arc de Triomphe. Tracy, Jin, and Rolf in front of the Arc de Triomphe

View of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe. View from the Arc de Triomphe. The streets extend radially and beautifully from the Arc.

La Defense, viewed from the Arc de Triomphe. La Defense (from the Arc de Triomphe).

Flame at the Arc de Triomphe. The flame at the Arc de Triomphe (the very same one that has been burning continuously since 1923 and was extinguished a couple years ago by drunks who peed on it after a World Cup game).

Rolf on top of the Arc de Triomphe, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Rolf on top of the Arc de Triomphe with the Eiffel Tower behind him.

Spiral staircase inside the Arc de Triomphe. Stairs in the Arc de Triomphe

Eve shopping on the Champs Elysees. Eve shopping on the Champs-Elysees.

Jin and Rolf on Champs Elysees. Jin and Rolf on the Champs-Elysees. Jin partakes in fine Parisian cuisine.

Solaris.  Champs Elysees. Our favorite operating system has its own boutique on the Champs-Elysees.

Salespeople smoking while they work, boutique on the Champs Elysees. The boutique salespeople pass their time by smoking.

Champs Elysees at dusk. Dusk on the Champs-Elysees.

Jin at the Bilbouquet. Jin at the Bilbouquet.

Rolf at the Bilbouquet. Rolf

Waiter and Tracy at the Bilbouquet. The waiter and Tracy

Rolf, Eve, Jin, and Tracy at the Bilbouquet. Us four.

Waiter at the Bilbouquet. The waiter

Clarinetist at the Bilbouquet. An exquisite clarinetist

Jazz band at the Bilbouquet. The jazz band during their break at the Bilbouquet with us four in front.

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