The Champs Elysees is one of the most fashionable and beautiful avenues of Paris. The French people even refer to it as “the most beautiful avenue in the world”.
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|Arch of Triumph|
|Parisian Fly Boats|
|The Moulin Rouge|
|Saint Martin Canal|
A little bit of history about the Champs Elysees
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With the Concorde at its base and the Arch of Triumph at its summit, the Avenue des Champs Elysee has not always been so grand a boulevard. If you were to go back the 17th century, you would no longer be among the rich and famous, but rather in the middle of a wheat field.
But change was soon to follow. In 1616, Marie de Medici decided to create a walkway outside of her palace, which was then the Louvre. In 1667, Le Nôtre, the architect for the Chateau of Versailles, transformed a pathway into a fashionable place to walk. In 1724 the boulevard was extended to the location at which the Arch of Triumph would later be located.
Now, over 300 years later, with its many high-end shops, it is still what Le Notre had envisioned: a fashionable and highly desirable avenue.