Paris : Legendary locations in The Sopranos
During their stay in Paris, Carmela (Edie Falco) and Ro (Sharon Angela) come to this superbly luxurious hotel on the very famous Champs-Elysée. Originally this magnificent avenue was nothing but uninhabited swampland until Marie de Médicis decided to create a long lane edged with elm and linden trees in around 1616.
While going to the Louvre, Carmela and Ro realize on the Alexander III bridge, that they are lost. Carmela is overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the surroundings and especially the statues adorning this bridge inaugurated in 1900 to celebrate Franco-Russian friendship. Watching a river boat on the Seine, Ro thinks she’s in the film Charade.
Ro flirts with a Frenchman quite a bit younger than her in front of the museum, and then when visiting the site, Carmela is amazed by a 14th century necklace. After, the two friends visit the ruins of the Roman thermal baths outside. Carmela is impressed by the historical past of Paris but can’t help thinking about Tony (James Gandolfini). To cheer her up, Ro hums La Vie en rose
Carmela and Ro dine in this restaurant. Ro admires the charm but she is upset when Carmela brings up the subject of her missing son. She asks her to change the subject of conversation. A major place of French gastronomy and a veritable jewel of 18th century decorative art, the Grand Véfour was called the Café de Chartres up until 1820. This sign is still visible on the garden area facade.
After doing some shopping, Carmela and Ro have lunch in this brasserie where Ro really enjoys French wine.
In a dream, Carmela sees Adriana (Drea de Matteao) walking in this Parisian park with her poodle. She wakes up when a policeman confirms to her: "Quelqu'un nous a dit que votre amie était morte." (Someone has told us that your friend is dead.) Fruit of Cardinal Richelieu’s desire to enhance the Palais-Royal, these gardens have existed since 1633.
When visiting the church, Carmela observes a catechism lesson given to a group of children, as well as the altar statues. It’s also at the back of this church that Ro asks what the meaning is of the plaque situated at the corner of the rue du Jour. It commemorates the resistance fighter François Martine who died in front of a German firing squad, at this spot, on August 20th, 1944.
When they arrived in Paris Carmela and Rosalie Aprile are filmed in a taxi driving along the Champs-Élysées. Carmela observes the buildings through the window. In particular, we can see the Grand Palais and the Alexander III bridge. Just before returning to the US, Carmela, waiting for Ro, walks alone down the mythical avenue. She stops in front of the Guerlain store. But rather than the window display, her eye is caught by the badge-like sculpture (called a “macaron” in French) just above.
At night, Carmela takes a photo of the restaurant’s neon sign. Open since 1947 this brasserie decorated in the Belle-Époque style, is a veritable Parisian institution.
At the moment of their departure, Ro returns to the hotel to look for her Toulouse-Lautrec placemats. During this time, Carmela takes a short evening walk. After having looked at the statue above the Guerlain window display, she turns around and observes the lit-up Eiffel Tower that she can see from the intersection of rue Lincoln and the Champs-Elysées. In reality, this view isn’t possible. However, the boutique is very real. It has been on this spot since 1914, the date it moved into this building conceived by the same architect as the Paris Ritz and the London Carlton.