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    Rendez-vous at the Champs-Elysées

    The world's most beautiful avenue.

    Extending from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue des Champs Elysées is a place for strolling, sight-seeing and luxury shopping.

    However, until a few centuries ago this entire area was nothing but marshes and fields lying to the West of the city. Under Marie de Medici, a tree-lined path was laid, linking the Tuileries garden to the Place de l'Alma.

    Andre Le Nôtre's re-design of the city layout caused a great deal of change in the area: the Champs Elysées, whose name means "Elysian fields", was indeed a mere field when it was named in 1709. It was a few years later, in 1724 that the avenue as it appears today was laid by the Duke of Antin.

    Still a semi-wild garden until 1828, it would over time become one of the most beautiful areas of the city when the fountains and wide pavements were laid, and gas-lighting installed.

    Today the "most beautiful avenue in the world" hosts many prestigious events including the Bastille Day parade and the finish line of the Tour de France.

    Additional informations

    Bus : 28, 32, 42, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
    Car Parks : Rond-point des Champs-Elysées, Invalides, Concorde
    Velib stand : avenue Dutuit

    tagged as : French Cities, Shopping, 75-Paris, Paris & Ile de France, Outstanding Civil Archictecture

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