Having just returned home from another incredible trip to Paris, I want to share some quick highlights from “Your Survival Guy’s” perspective.
- If you want to experience one of the handful of Palace Hotels in Paris, then you want to go to our favorite home away from home: Le Bristol. If you’ve watched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson, then you know the arrival scene at Le Bristol. Recently while the hotel showed the movie in the bar, Wilson happened to be in the lobby and popped in to check it out. Only in Paris.
- If you’re visiting Paris this spring, don’t arrive or leave on a Saturday. Easter weekend marked the 23rd consecutive Saturday of the gilets jaunes or ‘yellow vest’ protests.
- Paris is broken down into neighborhoods called arrondissements that unwind like an escargot shell, beginning on the Right Bank (to the north) of the river Seine in the First Arrondissement, where the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre are located, to the Second, Third, and Fourth. Then, across to the Seine’s Left Bank into the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Arrondissements back once again to the Right Bank for the Eighth where Le Bristol is located at: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.
- Le Bristol is a block away from the Elysee Palace, France’s Presidential residence, at 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, and was on lockdown on Saturday. Talk about a ghost town, and a loss of business. We felt safe on the day of the protests which are mostly peaceful except for the few small factions strictly there for the violence.
- The gilet jaunes movement, from the perspective of the French I spoke with, is met with sympathy and anger. Sympathy with the plight of the common man, but anger at how the movement is hurting business and France’s reputation as a safe place to visit, particularly in Paris.
- The police I spoke with were upset too. They were tired. But they were doing their job. They too seemed to relate more with the protesters or ‘Les Misérables’ than with President Macron.
- The anger this weekend was supercharged from the fire at Notre Dame. When over $1 billion is pledged in days, led by the super wealthy, there’s no wonder the gilet jaunes protesters are aghast. They wonder how so much money can be raised so quickly, when they have trouble putting food on their tables. They are the forgotten men and women of France, and will not go down without a fight.
- If you understand the Trump movement in America, the gilet jaunes movement is many degrees beyond, and is straight out of the pages of Victor Hugo. These stories do not end well.
- And yet I would recommend that you visit Paris. You just have to know the lay of the land, and where to be, and when to be there.
Read more about my recent trip to Paris in my post: Your Survival Guy in Paris: Peking Duck and Your Survival Guy in Paris: Scooter? Never!
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E.J. Smith - Your Survival Guy
E.J. Smith is Founder of YourSurvivalGuy.com, Managing Director at Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd., a Managing Editor of Richardcyoung.com, and Editor-in-Chief of Youngresearch.com. His focus at all times is on preparing clients and readers for “Times Like These.” E.J. graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a B.S. in finance and investments. In 1995, E.J. began his investment career at Fidelity Investments in Boston before joining Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. in 1998. E.J. has trained at Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. His first drum set was a 5-piece Slingerland with Zildjians. He grew-up worshiping Neil Peart (RIP) of the band Rush, and loves the song Tom Sawyer—the name of his family’s boat, a Grady-White Canyon 306. He grew up in Mattapoisett, MA, an idyllic small town on the water near Cape Cod. He spends time in Newport, RI and Bartlett, NH—both as far away from Wall Street as one could mentally get. The Newport office is on a quiet, tree lined street not far from the harbor and the log cabin in Bartlett, NH, the “Live Free or Die” state, sits on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. He enjoys spending time in Key West and Paris. Please get in touch with E.J. at email@example.com To sign up for my free monthly Survive & Thrive letter, click here.
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