Europe 2013 Trip Report: Part 10 – Where I Geek Out About French Cars

Go back to part 9 here.

With our group whole again we hopped back on the tour bus to continue seeing all those famous Parisian landmarks.

DSC09314 – crossing onto the Île de la Cité
DSC09318 – Nina & Uncle D still love each other after all these years
DSC09325 – the Musee D’Orsay

We got to the Champs-Elysee and the bus stopped right in front of a Mercedes-Benz store.  So while everyone else figured out where to go and what to do I walked in to look at cars.  I was browsing things I can’t afford and Uncle D & Cuz went to McDonald’s to get some food since only Moms & me had eaten at this point.  I walked over to the Peugeot showroom as the others were eating.  They sell Hot Wheels sized cars there of lots of their models.  I bought a few before joining the rest of the family.  Nina was on a mission to find the Chanel store since she had heard they sold small, cheap bottles of the perfume only at the Champs-Elysee store.  We made our way down the street occasionally stopping at stores.  I don’t remember which stores because I was too busy looking for more car stores to go to.  While everyone else was in the Disney Store I went over to the Renault showroom, which was full of crazy concept cars.  I bought a couple more cars before leaving and joining everyone at the Disney Store.  I stopped in one more car store – the Citroen Creative Session Center.  Of course I bought a few more cars here also.
DSC09339 – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
DSC09355 – Arc de Triomphe
DSC09367 – this waiter asked me to take his picture
DSC09372 – Renault Twin’Run concept
DSC09381 – Renault concept car
DSC09388.jpg – Champs-Elysee Disney Store
DSC09393 – Champs-Elysee Disney Store

 – video of the above Mickey display
DSC09400 – inside the Citroen Creative Session
DS3 WRC – Sebastien Loeb’s 2012 DS3 WRC championship car

The Chanel store wasn’t actually on the Champs-Elysee, it was off a side street.  When we finally found it, but they didn’t sell the small bottles Nina was looking for.  So the myth that the Paris Chanel store sells $25 1-oz bottles of Chanel No. 5 is officially busted.  Moms and I went back to wait for the tour bus while the others took a cab to the Hard Rock to buy some shot glasses.

DSC09430.jpg – a fountain we found while waiting for the bus

We got back on the bus and made our way back to the Eiffel Tower stop to go back to the room to rest.
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DSC09484 – Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero

Our time in Paris was coming to an end, but there was still one thing I really wanted to do before we left.  I might just have to go alone to get it done.

my final haul of cars bought at the Champs-Elysee showrooms

you know you want to continue on to part 11 here


Random Photo for 03/30/2014


Today’s photo is from the Citroen store on the Champs-Elysee.  The Citroen shop is a multi-story affair with new and old cars displayed on each floor.  The lowest level features their championship WRC efforts.  This is Sebastien Loeb’s 2012 DS3 World Rally Championship car.  Sony NEX-5N, SEL16mm, 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 320.