Snapshots of Lutetia – Eastwood on the Champs

Eastwood on the Champs

The Champs-Elysées is generally known for the shops that are almost always open. The area between the Arc de Triomphe and the Rond Point (des Champs-Elysées et Marcel Dassault) is practically always buzzing with people. And then, normally, it gets a bit quiter. The part between Rond Point and Concorde is mainly green. No shops to be found. You have the Grand and Petit Palais, and then greenery and park. This is a great spot for exhibitions and events. The christmas market, the finish of the Tour de France; 100 years of aviation, a Bugatti show and now a hommage to Clint Eastwood. I wonder whether in Riga there is such a place…

Snapshots of Lutetia – La Defense

La Défense from Pont de Suresnes

When I started working in Paris, a lot of my friends and colleagues, not only from the Netherlands, assumed that I was working in La Défense. The business district just west of Paris. In fact, the office I work in is in Saint Cloud, about 10 minutes south of La Défense with the tramway. But assuming that someone working for one of the bigger companies in Paris, is located in La Défense is not strange at all. In fact, most of the big French corporations, including my employer, have offices in this business center of Paris. Even so, there is business life outside La Défense.