Champs-Elysees (French for the Elysian Fields) is one of the most beautiful, famous and expensive road arteries not only in Paris, but in the whole world. And it mustn’t be otherwise, since it hosts the official residence of the Presidents.

The royal chief – gardener of Queen Marie de Medicis, who first initiated the creation of this axis, would be very amazed at the sight offered by the contemporary mix of skyscrapers and Renaissance palaces. In spite of this, the newer additions don’t shadow or diminish the greatness of the historical monuments near which they are located.

Taking a walk down this great avenue offers a unique experience. The atmosphere from the cafes and restaurants situated in its upper part has a certain specific charm that cannot be found anywhere else.

Although a quiet place, it becomes crowded during the grandiose military parade held every year on July 14th. This is the day when the French people celebrate the fall of Bastille, an event of a major importance that marked the beginning of the Great Revolution.

Champs-Élysées, Paris

The avenue links important tourist objectives, like L’Arc de Triomphe, La Place de la Concorde and La Place Charles de Gaulle. It is impossible not to find at least one place worth visiting, or activity worth investing time in. If watching a play in one of the famous theatres is not for you, a shopping session will certainly turn things around.

At night, the view is equally fantastic thanks to the superb illumination, so you can’t say you’ve visited Paris without taking a walk on the Champs-Elysees.

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