Champs Elysées, Paris

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    Avenue de Champs Elysees

    by Andraf Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    Avenue de Champs-Elysees is Paris's most famous thoroughfare. This street has its beginnings in about 1667, when the landscape garden designer Andre Le Notre created this broad tree-line avenue that eventually became known as the Champs-Elysees. Champs-Elysees has witnessed some important moments in French history and nowadays it's the scene for annual military parade on Bastille Day. Also since 1975 the Tour de France ends here every year in July. Parisians tend to congregate here every time there is something to celebrate, on New Year's Eve or with the occasion of winning a soccer championship.

    The avenue is 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) long, running from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. Presently Champs-Elysees - especially its upper part - is lined with expensive cafes and restaurants, as well as a multitude of chain stores and designer shops. It's a pleasant spot for a stroll.

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    Champs-Elysees; one big avenue!

    by Robmj Written Apr 18, 2009

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    This famous avenue links the place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe and is a very pleasant 30 minute 2km walk if you choose.

    The avenue is lined by shops, cafes, restaurants, fashion shops, old apartments and now has been renovated with granite sidewalks and trees.

    Many famous events regularly take place on the Champs-Elysees.

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    One of the most famous streets in the world

    by clueless83 Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Take a stroll down the Champs Elysees and marvel at the sheer number of cinemas there are on one street! Seriously, I have never seen so many cinemas in such close proximity to each other!

    There are of course bars, cafes and shops along here as well. We enjoyed the Disney store and the Renault store. The Renault store has display cars such as ones covered in orange balls or holographic material (see my photos). There are also interactive displays and games (I vaguely remember one where I had to smell things!?!)

    Walk down from the Arc de Triomphe to Concorde Square, turn around and see the Arc standing proudly in the centre of a busy scene of people and cars going about their business.

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    The best place in Paris??

    by chess_machine Updated Feb 12, 2009

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    Personnaly I dont really like the Champs Elysees. I think many Parisian dont see it as a magical place. It is quite noisy, crowded, and not of an oustanding beauty. There are much more pretty places in Paris than this one. When thinking about Champs Elysees, many Parisian think of a place with bored people from the suburb wandering there, tourists taking pictures and where a cup of coffee costs 5€... not exactly the idea tourists probably have about this place. I dont know what image people have from Champs Elysees, maybe of a romantic place?

    But for sure, it still is probably one of the most symbolic place in Paris and in France. When there is a major victory in sport with French athletes, people show on the Champs Elysees, when we do military parades it very often goes, if not always, in Champs ELysees and the tour de France finishes in Champs Elysees... All a symbol! So, yes, it is a very important place for us, even though many French dont find it magical.

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    Champs Elysées

    by cinthya_in_victoria Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    One thing I like to do when I travel is to walk in the place, try to meet locals and get the whole athmosphere of the city. Walking along the Champs Elysées was a dream come true, I just couldn't believe I was walking in one of the most beautiful avenues in the world! And of course, being in the heart of the city you will find lots of shops and cafes.
    I walked it from the Arc of Thrompe to Concorde and it took me hours because I was doing many stops. Make sure to wear confortable shoes and take enough memory for lots of pictures; you'll be amazed!

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    Fashionable avenue

    by ruki Written Jan 13, 2009

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    This avenue is the most famouse in Paris and in the world. There are cinemas, cafes and of course luxury shops like Adidas, Benetton, Disney, Cartier and others...
    The best view of this avenue is from the Arc de Triomphe.

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    Hôtel de la Païva

    by MM212 Updated Nov 9, 2008

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    Largely unnoticed by passersby, l'Hôtel de la Païva is a magnificent Renaissance-style palace on the most famous avenue in the world, les Champs-Elysées. It was built in 1865 by a notorious Marquise de la Païva (née Esther Lachmann). [Note: Hôtel in France also means "townhouse" or "city palace".] She was of ordinary Jewish Polish-Russian descent, but was introduced to high French society by her lover the composer Henri Herz. After many other lovers, she married the Portuguese Marquis de la Païva whose name is eternalised by this sumptuous palace he built for her. A few years later, she annulled her marriage by Rome in order to marry another lover, the super-wealthy Prussian count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck. These sad events led her previous husband to commit suicide. It is said that she forbade women other than herself from entering her mansion where she held extravagant parties! After her death, the mansion was sold to the British Traveller's Club, which still occupies the palace and is apparently also exclusive to men!! The basement of the palace had been forever a foreign exchange office, but was recently turned into an elegant restaurant-lounge.

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    Champs-Elysees

    by mvtouring Updated Nov 6, 2008

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    What a wonderful feeling it is to either walk down this 2km stretch of road or even driving down it with the sight seeing bus. I do not think I would like to attempt driving down here by myself, traffic is a bit bad here. The Champs-Elysees was originally laid out in the 1660’s by the landscape gardener Le Notre as a garden sweeping away from the Tuileries, not sure what happened, today it is a mecca for the designer label shops and tourists.

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    The grand Boulevard

    by Rupanworld Written Sep 29, 2008

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    The Champs-Élysées which means the 'Elysian Fields' is the best-known grand boulevard in Paris. On both sides of it are thousands of showrooms, stores and galleries for attracting tourists. This boulevard is always crowded with not only tourists but also the local people

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    Champs-Elysées

    by mallyak Written Aug 14, 2008

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    Champs-Elysées (The Elysian Fields) is probably the most famous promenade in Paris and one of the best-known in the world. Its name is taken from “Elusia” that in Greek mythology meant a place where heroes come to relax.
    It stretches from the Palace de la Concorde in the east to the Arc de Triomphe that stands on the square of Charles de Gaulle in the west. Its western end is bordered by many luxury shops, cinemas, theatres, night clubs, cafés and fast foods. The other end is surrounded by the Champs-Elysées Gardens (Jardins des Champs-Elysées). This stunning arranged area is decorated with some fountains and there are grand buildings including the Grand Palais and the Petite Palais (both originally built as temporary constructions for World Fair) at the southern side and the Elysées (the residence of French Presidents since 1873) at the northern side of the Gardens
    Nowadays it is the place where Parisians celebrate most of the major events, such as New Year’s Eve, military parades held on the National Holiday on the 14th July or such events as celebrations of the victory in the World Cup football in 1998. It is also famous for being the last stage of Tour de France. Similarly in the past, Champs-Elysées was the place where many events were celebrated, like the liberation at the end of the World War II.

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    by karensuzjo Written Aug 7, 2008
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    There is a good confectionery on this street. Also, there are vendors (one below who made us some awesome crepes). The Arc de Triomphe is at the end of the street. There is a memorial beneath it and a museum at the top, neither of which we saw because we didn't know about it at the time. It's nice to take this street leisurely, at your own pace.

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    Elysian fields

    by ealgisi Written Jul 8, 2008

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    The Champs Élysées is the most prestigious avenue in Paris.

    With all the cinemas, luxury specialty shops, etc... the avenue is one of the most famous streets in the city.

    Just think that a rent there can be as high as $1.50 million a year for a 1'000 square feet of space.
    The name "Elysian fields" refers to the place of the blessed in Greek mythology.
    This avenue is known in France and the most beautiful avenue in the world.
    The avenue extends for 2 km from Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle where the Tryumphal Arch is.

    Originally were fields and market gardens, until back in the 1616 when Marie de Medici decided to extend the axis of the garden of the Palais del Tuileries with a big road of trees.

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    Avenue of Champion's!

    by wilocrek Written Apr 4, 2008

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    Extending from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, Paris's most famous avenue offers endless possibilities for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Then again, just sitting in a cafe watching Paris bustle by is equally entertaining, in fact as entertaining as watching the looks on the face of the French watching Lance Armstrong triumphantly cycle his way down this famous avenue during his heyday.

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    Avenue Chic

    by maestrousmc Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    No trip to Paris would be complete sans a walk up the Avenue des Champs-Elyees. It is one of the 12 symmetrical avenues that radiate from the huge rotary of pl. Charles de Gaulle-Etoille and is a legendary epicenter of chic. Chain restaurants and shopping venues line the avenue which used to be the home of the most affluent in Paris. Needless to say, this symbolic landmark is quite touristy and thus quite pricey. It tends to get more crowded as you draw closer to the Arc where you'll find several fellow visitors taking pictures of the monument as a backdrop.

    If you're careful and somehow make it to the median without getting hit by car you can take a picture of the Arc de Triomphe behind you.

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    Avenue des Champs-Elysées

    by MM212 Updated Nov 19, 2007

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    Arguably the most famous avenue in the world, l'avenue des Champs-Elysées, certainly lives up to this title. It is part of the impressive axis from le Louvre to la Grande Arche de la Défense and is bordered by Place de la Concorde on one side, and l'Arc de Triomphe on the other. Along its sides are the Grand and Petit Palais, as well as the Elysées Palais, home of the French president. With its restaurants, cafés, cinemas and luxury boutiques, les Champs-Elysées is popular among locals and tourists alike, day or night. The avenue also takes part in most of the grand celebrations that occur in Paris, such as new year's eve and 14 juillet (Bastille Day).

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