Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré is a long street, but today we will concentrate on a part of it (please see map), where we find the Elysée Palace*, the official residence of the French President, some embassies and a lot of fashionable shops.
I happened to pass when the Brisitsh Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, left the Elysée Palace after a talk with Nicolas Sarkozy (see top picture).
The Elysée Palace was built 1720-22, has been occupied by different personalities including Madame de Pompadour, Napoleon I, The Russian Tsar Alaxander I, Napoleon III and by the French Presidents since 1879.
Mr. Brown had a very short ride to do in the Rolls as he headed for the nearby British Embassy. Actually, you will, among a number of elegant residencies built during the 18th and 19th centuries on the southern side of the street, find the US, the British and the Japanese embassies (with large gardens behind).
The northern side of the street has some slightly less elegant buildings, but all along the street you can find all the luxury boutiques you need for your shopping. Especially notable is perhaps the Hermès building with the horse rider on the roof, the company symbol. (In June 2007, we had an exchange post with Nathalie about this, as she had found the same statue on a building in Sidney where she then lived.)