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The Elysian Fields

The Champs-Elysées (The Elysian Fields), located in Paris is probably the world's most famous avenue, for all citizens because major events such as the military parade of July 14 and New Year’s Eve celebrations take place here, for sports lovers because is the place where the Tour de France finishes each year, and the benchmark for lovers fashion because there find the major fashion houses, and surely an incredible romantic street full of people, both day and night. The name is taken from “Elusia” that in Greek mythology meant a place where heroes come to relax.

Starting at the Place de la Concorde and reach the Place de l'Etoile, where stands the majestic Arc de Triomphe; from the Louvre, with its rectilinear layout can be viewed in succession the Arc du Carrousel, Jardin des Tuileries, the Obelisk de la Concorde and the avenue leading to the Arc de Triomphe. This straight path is continued beyond to reach the Grand Arc de la Defense. Along the street you’ll find it bordered by night clubs, cafés and fast foods; also surrounded by the Champs-Elysées Gardens which is decorated with some fountains and there are grand buildings including the Grand Palais and the Petite Palais; in the westernmost part of the avenue are movie theaters and shows, like the famous Lido cabaret, luxury shops, the Champs Elysees Theatre, restaurants and hotels of category and headquarters of major international companies.

Few yards before the Arc, is the Paris main Tourist Office where Friendly staff will give you free maps and guides, find accommodation for you and everything else you need to make your stay in Paris pleasant; don’t worry they speak several foreign languages.

The Champs Elysees is always a hive of people, both Parisians and tourists attracted by its glamour, cinemas, and the legendary shows or just to stroll along the immense sidewalks.

What to do:

Stroll about the Champs Elysées and go shopping.
  • Visit one of the exhibitions at the Grand Palais and other museums.
  • Visit the marché aux timbres (Stamp Market) which is open on certain days.
  • Have a drink at one of the many café terraces on the avenue.

Some interesting facts

During the week, there are approximately 200000 people walk on its 1910 meters long and 70 meters wide; on the weekend, are 500000 people.

After the prestigious Fifth Avenue in New York, it is the second avenue in the world for the price of real estate, with rents as high as €1.1 million annually per 1,100 square feet of space.

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