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Champs Elysees Paris

Updated on October 12, 2011

Champs Elysees

The famous Champs Elysees
The famous Champs Elysees
View of the Arc de Triomphe from the Champs Elysees
View of the Arc de Triomphe from the Champs Elysees
Another view of Arc de Triomphe from Champs Elysees
Another view of Arc de Triomphe from Champs Elysees
Distant shot of the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees
Distant shot of the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees
Champs Elysees during the day
Champs Elysees during the day

Info about the Champs Elysees

Not really a boulevard, the Champs-Elysées still deserves its name. According to Greek mythology, the Elysian fields was the place for heroes that dwelt in perfect happiness and passed away. Visitors are fortunate enough that they do not have to die to go there. Though, it may cross your mind as you make your way through the airports in France, going to Paris.

The avenue lined with trees starts at Arc de Triomphe and then ends by the Egyptian Obelisk that is 2km far east, passing the 8th arrondissement. Arrondissement means district. Paris has 20 divisions, with the first ones at the center and the others surround it clockwise.

By this avenue, known by people all over the world, displays several theatres and cinemas, restaurants and cafes, as well as shops and hotels that is comparable with the ones in Fifth Avenue, New York.

The area used to be a plain parkland but by the late 1700s, the Champs- Elysées already emerged as a street to be. By the year 1916, Louis Vuitton, started a group to help convert the place into a commercial shopping area. The place is still survived by a lot different businesses and fashion up to now.

The area façade changes when it reaches one part by the commercial area (Place Charles de Gaulle) and the other is a walking area which is filled with chestnut trees as well as flower beds (Place de la Concorde). This is considered to be the widest avenue in Europe, after Unirii Blvd. which can be found at Bucharest.

On top of the greeneries are two tall buildings, one is the Petit Palais (which is not really small) and the Grand Palais. These two houses a number of rotating exhibits. These buildings definitely deserve to be looked at with its amazing neo-classical carvings as well as statuaries.

A number of food and drinks can be found by the avenue that is from to spectrum to the Fouquet. You can find McDonald’s and even an upscale restaurant of bar. You can also enjoy the opportunity by just sitting at one of the cafes outdoor wherein you can view Parisian people as you drink your delightful coffee.

There are definitely plenty of shops – from Lacoste, Gap, Disney stores and other specialty shops. Because of them, Champs- Elysées continue to hold its reputation for fashion which is enjoyed since it began in the middle of the 1800s.

Together with the designer stores, you can also find a lot of first class hotels. Whether you want to relax in the Hotel Napoleon, also known as ‘the place’ by Errol Flynn, or stay at the Frontenac, or other excellent hotels that continues to serve over the years. Even for people who can’t afford to get a room at the hotel, the lobbies are absolutely spectacular to visit.

The development that happened over the years is not exclusive to hotels only but to the avenue as well. The one which was completed in 1993 is also the latest. The sidewalks were widened to accommodate a bigger number of foot traffic. The streetlamps have also been refurbished. The results of the improvement help the place hold its reputation as "la plus belle avenue du monde" or “the most beautiful avenue in the world".

It may be useless to tell you how to get to the Champs-Elysées, since to visit here is to visit Paris. Well, to be specific, you can ride the metro or subway on your way to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile then George V or Champs-Elysées Clemenceau.

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    • festersporling1 profile image

      Daniel Christian 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You are due to go back to Paris like I am! Thanks for comment pdh. :)

    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      I remember this place, they are beautiful, nice shopping area as well. I went there twice five and six years ago. Thanks for the remembrance...