"walk from the Triumph Arc to Concord square" Walking Tip by mindcrime
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Champs Elysées (Elysian Fields ) is one of the most famous avenues in the world.
It starts from Arc de Triomphe at "Charles de Gaulle-Etoile" and ends down after 2.2km at Place de la Concorde which is the largest square of Paris.
Along the avenue you can find some extra expensive stores (Louis Vuiton, Prada, Cartier etc) full of luxury products which are nice for window shopping only. There are also a lot of cafes and restaurants too (and yes, most of them have ridiculous high prices). Most of times I’ve been here was because I wanted to take something from FNAC (usually a concert ticket). According to the greek myth Elysian Fields was the place where happy souls dwelt after death but here is were happy shoppers with large wallets arrive :)
What I liked most was the wide sidewalks with the long tree lines. Don’t forget that Champs Elysees were built with wide sidewalks for the rich people that were showing off here during the Belle Époque at the end of 19th century. My good VT friend Nemorino told me the sidewalks were restored in the 1990s after half a century of abuse as a huge open-air parking lot for cars.
In our days this is the avenue where the official parades take place
Pic 5 shows the 3.6m tall bronze statue of general Charles de Gaulle on the lower end of the avenue. It was made by Jean Cardot showing the general ready to march down to Arc de Triomphe in a liberated Paris (august 26, 1944).
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