16th Arrondissement - Auteuil Passy
They actually should have carved two arrondissements out of the 16th: one from the leafy suburb south of Avenue Georges Mandel where the OECD resides and where Auteuil blends into the countryside with its racecourse and grounds of Roland Garros. And one from the 16th north of Avenue Mandel, which belongs to a different world, one that is closer in many ways to Mayfair and the Upper East Side than to the 15th arrondissement just across the river.
Whenever you come to Avenue Foch, you will find most blinds on its windows firmly shut, while the flats' owners are out, sailing the world on their luxury yachts, perhaps, or, more likely, looking after an asbestos mine in Kamchatka or misgoverning an impoverished African nation. There is barely a shop here or a restaurant, not even a proper pavement. It is fair to say that you are not exactly encouraged to hang around.
While in the 16th, Americans may be intrigued to spot two reminders of their country's long friendship with France: the "original flame" of the Statue of Liberty (Princess Diana's fatal car accident occurred in the underpass below) outside Alma-Marceau metro station and a 1:4 scale replica of the statue itself at the very end of the Seine's "Swan Island" further south.© NileGuide