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Champs Elysee: worth an afternoon or too tacky?

Champs Elysee: worth an afternoon or too tacky?

Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 09:34 PM
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If you can get your teenagers out of bed around 8 AM on Sunday morning, take the Metro and walk the Champs-Elysees to your heart's content.
Even I have to admit that it's beautiful at this time.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2017, 12:07 AM
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to talk about Saudi culture as if it were the same as culture in Qatar seems more than unusually dense these days, when headlines are filled with the near-war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Apparently people like to throw around appearances of a worldly outlook but their parochialism and lack of knowledge of Arab and Muslim culture is what they are revealing (even as their elected governments relentlessly kill these people with their approval).

Personally I wouldn't stroll the Champs-Elysees except at night, just like I wouldn't bother going to the Ginza as a tourist except at night. If I saw a Muslim tourist on the Champs-Elysees at night sporting a batoola -- which, by the way, has its origins as practical device to protect one's nose & lips from blowing sand & which ultimately became decorative -- i'd not gawk. I've been a tourist in countries where my native dress was gawked at and it was unpleasant.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2017, 05:41 PM
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My husband was a college student and in Paris when the lights went back on
on the CE after WWII. He wanted me to see it on my first trip to Paris in the early 80's. He was disappointed even then at the changes.
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Old Jul 24th, 2017, 07:19 AM
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batoola -- which, by the way, has its origins as practical device to protect one's nose & lips from blowing sand & which ultimately became decorative>

Why don't men wear them then?>

they are in fact a way to keep women from being laid eyes on by other males.
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Old Jul 24th, 2017, 02:36 PM
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Hi Love,

I suggest taking the Metro to Pl Charles de Gaulle and then walking down the CE to the Pl Concorde.

You certainly don;t want to spend an afternoon.

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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 02:45 AM
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I'd take your 'virgins' to the 5 Guys hamburger joint on the left side of the avenue facing the Arc De Triomphe.
If there aren't any seats, you can walk down to the Seine and eat them.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 03:15 AM
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>

Good point, Pal. Sandstorms are nasty (been in a couple in Tunisia, and men ran around groping women during them, believe it or not - I was horrified between the sand in my hair and teeth and random guys feeling me up), and can't imagine why women in particular need to be protected from them. You don't see men all swaddled up to protect THEIR faces. Pfff!

As for the Champs Elysées, it's so emblematic of Paris I can't imagine not wanting to see it as a first-time visitor. I would go home regretting not seeing it, I think. I never go there anymore, but that's beside the point.Take the Paris Virgins there for a quick look-see and move on. They can go back if it grabs them.
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Old Jul 26th, 2017, 12:01 AM
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Of course your friends have to see the Champs Elysees. It's a no-brainer.

While it's true that the CE doesn't feel very French anymore, and doesn't have the typical cute shops you see on the Marais, it's still one of Paris's most beautiful boulevards.

I like it more during the day, though.

At night, it becomes a bit tacky.
Avoid the night clubs on the CE at all costs.
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One of my favorite streets is Rue Mobtorgueil. It feels more local, and the shopping is more affordable there.
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*Montorgueil
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