Falafel and the Arc

Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
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Trip End Oct 26, 2012


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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

You can't go to Paris and not talk about the food that you eat. Paris is full of Café’s Creperies and believe it or not some pretty tasty falafel shops.  Now I would not have known about the falafel shops if a buddy of mine had not pointed me in the right direction.  So on his recommendation I headed out to try to find one of these shops.  The falafel shop I hit up was in a very small Jewish Quarter which is near the St. Paul District.  Luckily I had my trusted map or there was going to be no way in hell I would ever find this shop.  As I rambled around near the Picasso Museum knowing the shop was near by I walked in all sorts of directions to try to find 34 Rue de Rosiers.  After walking in circles for a while I found this obscure little street.  I knew I was in the right place because I was told to look for a line out the door that lead to falafel.  Bingo!  I found it L’as Du Falafel.  This place was pretty crazy.  Somewhat long line, however it moved fast.  Some dude struck up a conversation with me and he rambled on about how great these shops were and how it was so hard to find kosher food in Paris.  He asked me if I 'kept kosher".  I obvious replied "no” because I am not Jewish.  Well that was the end of that conversation.  He wanted nothing to do with me.  I think at that point I muttered something about him being a racist under my breath. 

I got my falafel and I have to say the eggplant on top was amazing.  For the price you really can’t go wrong.  It was packed in with all kinds of falafel goodness.  This is a meal you eat on the go, and I can honestly say, I did not eat again for another ten hours.  I was so full I could only eat half of it.  There are three falafel shops on this street and by the looks of things you can not go wrong by hitting up any of them. 

Well after a hardy falafel meal I decided to head to the Arc de Triomphe.  Now this is a monument I totally forgot about until I saw it on top on the Eiffel Tower and was like, oh yeah I totally have to check that out.  Well, I decided it would be best for me to walk the distance to walk off some of this falafel.  As I got closer I found myself walking down the Avenue Des Champs Elysees and honestly I was a bit disappointed with this avenue.  It was nothing but a huge out door upscale mall.  Doir, next to Cartier, next to McDonalds…  Ugg looks like “anywhere” USA.  No thanks.  However, as I kept walking I was getting closer to the Arc and it was become more and more impressive with each step closer. 

Once I reached the high water mark, the Arch of Triumph I have to say I was super impressed.  It was so big.  I did not imagine it being that large.  As I stood there staring at it I could only imagine how the Parisians felt when the goose stepping Germans marched down this street some seventy two years earlier.  That must have been a pretty sad sinking feeling for the people of France. 

Apparently the Arc de Triomphe was created by Napoleon after “the greatest victory” at the battle of Austerlitz in 1805.  However, the Monument was not completed until 1836 after numerous delays which were not helped by Napoleons dwindling power.  Standing at 164 feet high, the Arc is now customary starting point for victory celebrations and parades.  I think I recall that when France won the World Cup in 1998 huge parties breaking out near the Arc. 
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