Sunday's picture and a song - Chocolate Arc de Triomphe and Aux Champs-Élysées

Chocolate Arc de Triomphe

After writing yesterday's post about the Arc de Triomphe and the Opéra Garnier, I remembered this photo taken at the Salon du Chocolate. And what better song to accompany it than Joe Dassin's Aux Champs-Élysées, which many people were singing on New Year's Eve.


  1. that's a happy song, previously unknown to me, which I will probably be whistling all day now.

    and what fashions--I always love that. and the hair.

    and then we get the German voiceover, whatever is she saying?

  2. WOW...Your photo of Leonides' Arc has made me even more excited about my return to Belgium en route to Paris in April!! On my previous visit to Belgium I tasted more chocolate, waffles and beer than one should consume in a lifetime. Great video/song as usual for this Sunday post!

  3. I know I've said it before, but this is a great idea for a blog, and so wonderfully done. Perfectly evocative, great photos, and one of the best substitutes I know to actually being in Paris. Brava!

  4. That song always make me smile! And so does the arc, actually! Happy lundi!

  5. That chocolate arc de Triomphe is fabulous! I bet it tasted good too!

  6. Joseph, The song has been stuck in my head for a couple of weeks because Philippe was listening to different versions to find the one that he wanted to post on FB. He picked this one for the very reasons that you mentioned - the fashions and the hair! Since he had already done the research, I just went with the one that he found. Now that you know it, you'll find yourself singing it the next time that you walk down the CE.

    My German isn't great but from what I understood, it says that the CE is a barometer for Paris, where you see the young people's fashions, sunshine, rain and love (kind of what the song is saying). I'll have to ask Stephane for a better translation...

    Nancy, Thanks for solving the mystery of the meaning of Leonides! I kind of figured that it must be a chocolatier but didn't take the time to check. I think that I've mentioned it before, but being married to a Swiss means that Belgian chocolates are forbidden fruit and off my radar. ;)

    Thanks, Mark!

    Kate, Happy lundi (now mardi!) to you and welcome back to Paris.

    Steph, I bet that it did, too! Everything that I tasted at the Salon du Chocolate was delicious.


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