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Along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées ... far too early for anything to be open

Along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées … far too early for anything to be open

It is said that the  Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world, also one of the most beautiful. This morning we thought we would take a stroll and see what we could find just in the ordinariness of life. I would say the avenue is a beautifully tree-lined, wide avenue for strolling, yet the disparity of poverty on the street to the plethora of riches in the boutiques unsettles the heart. I don’t want to write and show merely the opulence of a city for that is not the truth nor the exclusivity of its beauty. Truth and beauty lie in what is sometimes shunned and buried. It lies in the ordinary and what is daily reality. The poverty seen in these photos were of the aged who were broken and homeless. This is how it is, no matter where you travel, the antithesis of life sometimes catches you off guard. It is then you stop, do what you can in the moment and carry on, praying that the grace of God would protect, shelter, and provide for those who have nothing.

Waiting for the metro

Waiting for the metro

Manual labor continues on

Manual labor continues on

Shopping for the rich

Shopping for the rich

Looking for a few pennies to survive

Looking for a few pennies to survive

The French do love gilding with gold leaf

The French do love gilding with gold leaf

Even the animals need to eat somehow

Even the animals need to eat somehow

Rick to the rescue... that's my guy!

Rick to the rescue… that’s my guy!

For those who have everything yet nothing

For those who have everything yet nothing

The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

A continual flame for the unknown soldier

A continual flame for the unknown soldier

Just in case I need refuge

Just in case I need refuge

Seeing people heading for the metro or the train with their luggage in tow is a common sight.

Seeing people heading for the metro or the train with their luggage in tow is a common sight.

About the author Along the Way: life begins at home yet our door is forever open to adventure, new places and new people. Welcome to our travels around the world.

This blog is really about us, my husband Rick and I and our travels. We are retired with grown children and two granddaughters. We travel...exhilarating in new experiences and places and all that each day holds. We believe that life begins to fade once we fail to live into it anymore. So come along the way with us and enjoy the journey too!

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4 Comments

  1. Diane & Rick, Do not know if you can receive from this end, but will try a note…..Thank you for your daily travel. They are wonderful. It is fun to see the world thru your eyes. Great pictures. Keep up the good work and try to do it with a little sunshine. The building show so much better with sun light! (Just kidding) Continueto havefun and have asafe journey. Vicki

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  2. Hi Vicki, yes we can receive, it let’s me know when someone has commented. The weather in Paris has been up and down. When the sun does come out it is usually late afternoon and we are long done with the journey of the day. Thank you for commenting as it’s very encouraging, and for enjoying this travel along with us.

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  3. Marta Grimani- Stach July 9, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Oh my gosh Diane buy the shoes!!!! they are amazing
    Hugs
    Marta

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  4. Not for 600 Euros! No longer in Kansas Toto, we are now in Spain.

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