The Champs Elysées may be the most famous street in Paris, but it is not the street with the most money being thrown around. That honor probably goes to the Avenue Montaigne, where you can find many of the major haute couture houses as well as the Plaza Athenée which is the most expensive hotel in Paris.
I've not yet ever had the nerve (or been dressed well enough) to go into the lobby or bars of the Plaza Athenée, but I've always loved the exterior with all the flower boxes hanging from every window:
The hotel just reopened recently after a year-long luxury renovation.
Although Avenue Montaigne is known by women for all the couture houses, I just recently realized there is something on this street that would interest a lot of men: the luxury cars that are parked just in front of the entrance to the Plaza Athenée. Every day for the past 3 weeks, as I have passed by on my morning bus to work, I've seen this gold Lamborghini, complete with license plates in Arabic, so clearly there is some sheik or oil baron having a long stay in one of the hotel's best suites.
I don't know what make or model this car is, but I'm also guessing a high price tag, and it has been out in front as long as the Lamborghini although it has European plates:
But I can always spot a Rolls Royce:
But of course, we girls like to look at the clothes. Because I was walking up part of the Avenue, I kept on going and crossed over to check out the latest windows at Dior:
I liked the cut and color of this dress, but the fabric reminded me of an old quilted bedspread.
I did like the matching handbag, though, trim and elegant but with a bit of whimsy:
Sorry, Dior: UGLIEST SHOES EVER.