"Aux Champs-Elysées, aux Champs-Elysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées" (Joe Dassin)
"In Champs-Elysées, in Champs-Elysées
Under the sun, in the rain, at midday or at midnight
There is all that you want in Champs-Elysées"
From May 17 2003 through June 15 2003, the Champs Elysees was transformed into a rail exhibit honoring 150 years of train travel in France.
The history of French rail on the one side of the avenue and the future of train travel on the other side. (Trains ranging from 1829 steam locomotive to the 2005 "Tram Train Avanto")
You'll see that most Parisian women are usually very dressed up by American standards (bracelets, necklaces, scarfs, miniskirts and other accessories) whether they're just going to work or our for a stroll.
You may want to dress up more in Paris than in other places, but its certaintly not a requirement. I personally dont see a need for it (I mean, if women should have to get all dressed up, so should men right?) I say tat even though running shoes will (apparently) give it away that you're a tourist, theres no harm in that because you'll blend in with the thousands of other tourists.
♫♫ Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such ...
You can help yourself
But don't take too much
Mama may have
and Papa may have...
but God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own ♫♫
Songwriter: A. Herzog Jr / Billie Holiday
Fondest memory: Champs Elysees 09/'03
for romantics only
One night in '03 I was nursing a typically overpriced 7-Euro espresso on a sidewalk terrace outside Fouquet's when along came a lady:
barefoot / back bent; shuffling slowly through the passersby with a hand outstretched, silently begging for change.
What struck me was that the little dog following her on the leash moved with identical hangdog, slow body language. (see photo)
Fouquet's has tight security, but as long as she didn't bother
their customers, they allowed her to beg people walking by for money.
I took a few photos of her, which she allowed me to do, but her expression and posture changed, saying essentially,
"Nothing is free, tourist."
At first I only gave her a small amount.
She inspected the coin, stared at me, and again without a word, only with gesture, let me know it was not enough.
I went over to her and after giving her a larger amount, she agreed to talk with me.
Her name is Mimi, and her dog's name is Schuider (sounds like shwee-dare).
I asked if I could pet her sad little dog: Mimi gave me reserved permission.
As I knelt down to pet him, Schuider came alive:
his posture changed to friendly enthusiasm: tail wagging, jumping up on me with kisses galore.
Then with a look, Mimi quickly let me know recess was over: Schuider instantly sagged back into his previous sad & fearful posture.
Later after she had moved on, I asked one of the Fouquet's security men about her.
He said she is there every evening, rain or shine.
I asked if she was authentique, or just a hustler.
He told me she makes just enough money from begging to provide food and a small flat for her and her dog.
I shook my head, saying that is not what I meant.
Bluntly I asked him: " is Mimi for real, or is she just a pain in the ass?"
He thought for a moment, then smiled and said it all in one brief sentence:
"This is her job ."
Favorite thing: The Champs-Elysees is Paris' grandest avenue, the French counterpart to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Today the visitor will find expensive shops side-by-side with inexpensive dining (including a McDonald's), but for most it is strictly window shopping for most of the stretch between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Visitor information is available in many languages from the tourism office here, which vends museum and subway tickets also.
Favorite thing: This is along 'Champs Elysee', considered to be one of the most famous avenue in the world. Going around Paris to discover the city itself is quite interesting. Fashion, luxury shops is one o the best highlights in Paris, I guess these is more typical for women...shop...an shop...for those who can afford this pricy parisian city. All well cafes and restaurant can be seen here.
Favorite thing: If you have time and energy then enjoy this walk. Champs-Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde and take a look in the shops and restaurants along the way.The Place de la Concord is one of the world's largest and most beautiful squares. During the Revolution, around 2800 people were beheaded by the guillotine located here. The obelisk in the middle of the square is from the 13th century B.C. and came a temple at Thebes (near the present town of Luxor).
Favorite thing: The most famous avenue in the world stretches from Place de la Concorde to the Arc du Triomphe. There are cafés, restaurants, movie-theathers, French cabarets and all kinds of good shops. Virgin, FNAC, a huge Sephora and the very useful Office de Tourisme de Paris are there. And lots, lots of tourists...
We were at Lido on new year`s eve 2007.The show was great, but the night was wasted because our camera with all the pictures of honeymoon was stolen while we were dancing.
It is not the value of the camera but the value of the pictures that was so important for us.
The personnel staff was not helpful,they were only interested to get rid of our complaints.The lido of Paris is not a safe place.Keep your money with you and don`t leave items on your tables.
Dress Code: And they have their own "taxi system" ! To make 1 km 25 euros per person ! We asked for taxi and they sent us to their own system,this is not fair.We are completeley unsatisfied with Lido personnel and managers for their incompetence and their extremely low customer satisfaction.
Stop at the Grand arche and walk down champs elysee-the most famous avenue
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
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Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
The Arch is most easily (and safely) reached by tunnel from the north side of the Champs Elysées.
Wander up the Champs Elysee, and if you want a really great view, go to the top of the Arc du Triomphe - the queue is much shorter than the one for the Eiffel Tower, and the views are excellent.
You'll find quite a few shops on the street, including a Virgin Megastore and a Disney shop, and several restaurants there as well. There's also a pretty unusual Mercedes car dealer - in the space of a large shop unit - where they seem happy enough to let the passing public (for example me) in for a quick look at their expensive cars.
Visit Chammps D'Elysee and walk along the streets, also you must explore by riding Metro, getting off on various stops and just exploring the area. There are metro stations everwhere to get you back if you get lost and very easy to navigate
Fondest memory: Just exploring the area and visitng stores, looking at the beautiful architecture, and residential streets, eating at the restaurants along the way, all was quite pleasant.
Paris Champs Elysees Avenue song?:
'Aux Champs-Elysees, a midi ou a minuit,au soleil ou sous la pluie on trouve tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysees'(Joe Dassin)
Everyone knows this famous song because its words are the truth: C'EST LA PLUS BELLE AVENUE DU MONDE
Fondest memory: I was lucky to see the finish of Tour de France on Champs-Elysees. It was so crowdy so people even climbed on a roof!
There are so much things to see and make in Paris.
For that, there is a very interesting site: www.cityvox.com
It is very complete and you will be able to seek your program with your own way.
Then I leave you your own choice.
Fondest memory: One of my best memories was than as of my arrival at the Station of
Lyon and right after having been to pose my business, I made in
entirety the descent of the Champs-Elysés since the Place de l'Etoile to the Tuileries.
There one took a small pause then we completly went up by the other side of the street.
You will say to me can be that it too is not tiring, but try to do it at least once by making each gallery, each window...
Favorite thing: The main tourist information office sits on the Champs D'Elycees in the shadow of the Arch D'Triumphe. Visitors who plan to visit Versaille, the museums and monuments can purchase a museum card there because they're not available at the museums. The museum card is one of those 'pay-one-price-and-ride-all-the-ride' cards that is valid for one, two, three or five consecutive days. Plan the days carefully as many museums are often free one day per month (Often the first Sunday) and sometimes there can be a strike at the Louvre (This happened during one trip). Not only can the card be financially practical for museum hoppers, but holders can also enter Versaille, the Louvre, etc. through a special entrance which is a blessing when several hundred people are waiting to enter Versaille during peak hours. In addition, the card includes a booklet that describes each of about 30 museums and monuments that honor the card. Many of the smaller museums are very deserving and make for some great off-the-beaten-path visits.