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Tour De France
smartkathy.green @ 08/ 20/ 2010

In this city of lights, everything is irresistible. One cannot miss the miraculous collision between glamour and French seduction – a real mix of adventure and naivety. Highly original, truly unique The grand event, hosted at the most coveted address in Paris.  The Elysee Palace ended beautiful with a spectacular fireworks display at the Tower Eiffel. The reason: It was the 120th anniversary of the world’s most photographed monument. What’s more, the fireworks matched its glory.

 

Incidentally, July is also month when the Tour de France ends at the Place de la Concord with all bikers racing on the Champs Elysee. A host of surprises welcomed us as we joined the crowds to welcome the enthusiastic sportsmen. The buzz was amazing; everyone had a speedy disposition and a big grin. The racers rode at the speed of the escort cars and it was difficult to click a good picture. Everyone from little children to aged men Veronique Quefflec , Pinazo and Beri at the La Fermette Marbeuf Gastronomical delights La Fermette Marbeuf, the historical French Restaurant which opened its doors in 1900, is a real gem. Situated in the heart of the Triangle d’Or at 5 Rue Marbeuf, its authentic French interiors overwhelmed us. The refinement of Parisian aesthetics was obvious as soon as we walked in to the restaurant. It is an artistic marvel, dominated by gilded mirrors, lacquered surfaces, frescoes and statues including massive chandeliers on gold leaf painted ceilings. For dinner, Chef Jerome served us gourmet delights that included melt-in-the-mouth appetizers, must-for-the-occasion champagne and different courses that were complemented by suitable wines. Unforgettable degustation options, the best of the typical French favorites like escargot and foie gras, creative dishes like sautéed langoustine in citrus oil braised turbot with truffles made for a royal feast. The Grand Marnier Souffle was the piece de resistance. It perfectly served as the meeting point of absolute glamour and aristocratic fine dining. It was just too French!

 

Art Junction The grand opening of the Madame Vionnet exhibition at the decorative Arts Museum of Paris at the Louvre was pure nostalgia. Comparisons were drawn to how contemporary her style was. The hall was jam-packed with celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Charlize Theron to name a few. We also spotted Christina Aguilera who made a brief entry with beau and three bodyguards in tow. It was, we felt, the perfect tribute to quintessential style.  

 

Like any trip, France car rental service will help you to explore more places nearby Paris. Shop till you drop.  A trip to Paris without a visit to the unique Parisian flea markets is incomplete. Also known as the Puces de Saint-Quen or Clignancourt , north of Montmartre, this is the city’s ( some claim the world’s ) largest and the most famous flea market, offering everything from Louis XVI Furniture , precious antique jeweler , famous book collections , wines and all kinds of collectibles. If you are far away from north of Paris, you must hire car in Paris to reach this market. Paris is always an exceptional experience of varied senses, a personal welcome and one leaves the city feeling it is never enough. Myself Kathy Green, a passionate traveller offers you detailed information to take necessary remedies before you travel to your vacation. Give preference to book accommodation early as possible and car hire in Paris service to make your trip more enjoyable.

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
France, Paris, Tour de France
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