Sunday, June 9, 2013

Counterfeit Museum, Jewish Quarter, and Champs-Elysees - June 5

We went to the Museum of Counterfeit, which was a large display of items that are sold fraudulently within the marketplace.  It was pretty neat because I would never guess the large amount of items that were fake, including bicycles, chainsaws, and salsa.  There were the typical items, such as watches, clothes, and art.

After the museum, we went to the Jewish Quarter, which was a long strip neighborhood.  We specifically went to eat, where I had a very large lamb pita.  The bread there was one of the most delicious I've ever had.  We then went and had a pastry for dessert at a nearby bakery.  I had what looked like a strawberry pizza, fresh strawberries with glaze on a thin crust.  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

We then proceeded to go on a long journey through some beautiful parks and gardens.  The highlight of them was the promenade plantee, which is one of just a few elevated gardens in the world.  This long garden, about 3.5 km long, was built from an abandoned elevated railway back in the late 19th century.  It's a fantastic place to escape for the day or even to just run through.  I had not seen anything like that before so it was a great experience to witness.  

Once the long walk was over, we headed over to the Champs-Elysees neighborhood, which is renown for its fashion and endless shopping.  While we were there, we witnessed our first demonstration in Paris.  There were about 50-60 people who were marching and blocking traffic.  Within a minute, there were police cars and vans in full SWAT gear with shields to run after them.  It was a peaceful demonstration and never felt threatened whatsoever so I thought it was neat to see.

We concluded the evening by watching the light show at the Eiffel Tower.  It's beautiful lit up at night, though I wasn't too impressed with the light show.