The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a boulevard in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 km long and 70 m wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. We found ourselves here, after walking from the Louvre, through the Jardin des Tuileries, and passed the Ponte de la Concorde. The Champs-Élysées is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. The French proudly call their world-famous boulevard “la plus belle avenue du monde” (“the world’s most beautiful avenue”). And visitors from all over the world can attest to the validity of that statement!
Since we weren’t really there to shop, we didn’t spend too much time on this avenue. We did, however, enjoy walking along it and taking in the hustle and bustle of the cafes, restaurants and live entertainment. The picture above was taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, where the view of the surrounding avenues is absolutely breathtaking!
Above, The Champs-Elysées seen from the Arc de Triumphe.
In the distance you can see the large permanent ferris wheel, Located on the Place de la Concorde, between the famous Champs-Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens. this 60 meter (200ft) high Ferris wheel has become a Parisian landmark.
Next Stop: Up the Arc de Triumphe for some spectacular views of Paris!