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JThursday May 9, 2 p.m. Three blond heads emerge from a taxi on a sunny road in Paris. With barely darkish blue eyes and matted hair, they roll their suitcases, all excited. Emma (13), Zoe (10) and Winnie (7) Booth traveled from Washington DC to attend the Taylor Swift live performance the following day.

Seated at Chez Jeannette, a café in 10e district, they devour a plate of fries, gaining energy for 4 days of songs, dancing, make-up, hairdressing, and visits to historic monuments – all the identical. At the bar, the waiter rejoices with a buyer about all these vacationers filling the capital emptied of its inhabitants through the bridge interval: “Almost all of the consumers this weekend are foreigners who have rented an apartment on Airbnb in the neighborhood to see the concert,” he notes.

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From 1,000 to 2,000 {dollars} per place

“Taylor Swift wasn't playing in Washington this time, so we would have had to travel to see her anyway,” says Charles Booth, the daddy of the three women. “When I looked on StubHub [un site de revente qui garantit la validité de tous les billets échangés, NDLR] six months ago, the only tickets available in the United States were to Miami and New Orleans, at $2,000 each. Abroad, there was still Paris, at $1,000 per ticket. My brother lives in Paris so I thought it was an opportunity to visit him, while offering a unique experience to my daughters. We listen to it every day in the car to school, and it's their first concert, I can't wait to see the joy on their faces when they finally see their idol. »

The trip is also a surprise birthday gift for his wife, Emily, who already saw the singer in 2015 with friends, and this time expects a lot from the staging, the pyrotechnic effects, the choreography… “There was far fewer children in the stands in 2015, it has really reached a younger audience in recent years,” feedback the latter. Zoe, the largest swiftie siblings, jumped and screamed all through the home when his dad and mom informed him of their plans. “I can't wait to see her in real life, even if I know I have no chance of meeting her, it will still be exceptional,” she exults, her eyes shining. Emma is extra circumspect: “All Taylor Swift talks about is her stories about breaking up with boys, it's boring! My parents forced me to come. Personally, I prefer Doja Cat. » The parents roll their eyes. “Adolescence…” they are saying in unison.

The women miss two days of faculty to take part on this excessive mass of pop music. All their classmates envy them. “One of my friends begged me to take it in my suitcase,” Winnie tells us, “I told her it was too expensive. » On the night flight, “Enchanted” and “Welcome To New York” are hummed.

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On the massive day, the joy grew. On these child faces, self-adhesive pink eyeliner on the eyelids, glitter to match the sequin sweatshirts and a luminous headband… The costume code of the night is revered. All they're lacking is their “friendship bracelets” (the bracelets that Taylor Swift followers change at live shows), worn a lot that they broke. No downside, they may discover others on web site, followers made all of them evening in entrance of the room. For the “merchandising”, the t-shirts bearing the singer’s picture, it could be extra difficult. Some very devoted dad and mom went to La Défense Arena at 10:30 a.m. (the live performance begins at 7 p.m.) to attempt to purchase their kids a memento, however the queues have been already dissuasive… Fortunately, the live performance won’t disappoint them. After 3:15 and round forty hits carried out with out interruption, they may return at midnight, reminiscences etched of their retinas. The subsequent morning, they may proudly show within the streets of the capital, amongst different passers-by, their “Eras Tour” t-shirts, the tour that marked our period.