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Place de la Concorde-Place Charles De Gaulle, Paris, France
  • Everyone we asked said that walking it, as opposed to taking a driving tour, is the only real way to experience it
  • We sat in one park, and enjoyed the fountain and statues while sitting on a shady bench
  • My favourite part of the walk came as we neared the Arc de Triomphe, seen from a distance, and once there, we were able to get a great photograph of the street from this angle

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      The most famous street in the world was on the top of our list of things to see in Paris, but we were unsure of how to see it. Everyone we asked said that walking it, as opposed to taking a driving tour, is the only real way to experience it. So that is what we did. One of the few free attractions in Paris, it was a very surreal experience for me. The expensive, high-end stores lining part of the incredibly wide street were certainly fun to see and even go inside a few, but the real experience was walking along and seeing the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the street getting closer and closer.

      We arrived at Place de la Concorde, where Champs-Elysees begins, walking from our hotel


      in the Left Bank. The entire street is only 2 kilometers long, but it seems like so much longer because there is just so much to see. First of all, we remarked on how the sidewalks were wider than the street itself. The first part of the street is lined with chestnut trees and is impeccably manicured, with shrubs and flowers. There are several parks that we stopped to see, and they all have statues and fountains, and are very peaceful, a small oasis and a break from the busy and crowded street. We sat in one park, and enjoyed the fountain and statues while sitting on a shady bench. We then continued on our way, seeing, from a distance, some grand theatres, the Grande Palais, and the Elysees Palais. We ...

      • also were able to see the Obelisk of Luxor, which is an ancient obelisk from Egypt and of course, as with most places in Paris, there are statues and fountains everywhere.

        The second portion of the Champs-Elysees, the western part as you walk toward the Arc de Triomphe, is lined with high-end shops, cafés and restaurants, with crowds of shoppers going in and out of the stores and people sitting in the cafés and restaurants. From experience, we knew that to eat or drink here would be outrageously expensive, but we couldn’t resist going inside the Mercedes Benz dealership, just to say we had been there. We saw other stores, like Louis Vuitton, Nike, Cartier, a Disney store, Abercrombie and Fich, and many others. This area is less pristine and spotless than

        the eastern, tree-lined area, but it is still kept mostly litter free, which is not true of Paris as a whole. The people-watching is amazing here. My favourite part of the walk came as we neared the Arc de Triomphe, seen from a distance, and once there, we were able to get a great photograph of the street from this angle.

        At night, the trees and stores and streetlights add a beautiful glow, so be sure to come here after dark for a great photo op. This avenue is also the site of the last leg of the Tour de France, which I would love to see from here some day.

        Getting here is easy as there are numerous metro and bus stops and stations along this iconic and famous street.




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