La Plus Belle Avenue Du Monde

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.
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