Many people around the world, especially the French, consider the Champs-Elysées Avenue to be the most beautiful and elegant in the world. It forms part of Paris’ historical axis, which stretches from the Louvre to the Arc of Triumph, aligning the Tullerie Gardens and the Champs-Elysées, among other historical landmarks. The name, which many find will roll off the tongue, comes from what was considered to be paradise in Greek mythology.
This most fashionable and popular of roads is over 1,900 meters long, and is flanked by the lush Champs-Elysées Gardens along its first 700 m (2296 ft). The gardens are over 300 m (984 ft) deep, and are divided into squares by the smaller roads that run through them. Showcasing many beautiful and refreshing fountains, the gardens are, themselves, bordered by many important buildings.
The Grand and Petit Palais (Great and Small palaces, respectively) are breathtaking classic mansions found on the southern side of the gardens. And the Elysée, on the northern border, is where the French presidents have resided for many years.
The squares into which the gardens are divided are, naturally, of different types and levels of importance. Towards the north is the Ambassador’s Square, a name inspired by the residence of foreign ambassadors at the various hotels on the neighboring Concorde. The Marigny square, at the end of the Circus Street, is where the Marigny Theater is found, along with the Laurent Restaurant and a great little market.
The Jardins des Champs-Elysées are as heavenly as their name suggests, and are not world-famous for nothing. Make sure you check out the various statues scattered amongst the squares, as well as its wide range of trees: from Sequoias to Japanese Sophoras, tree-lovers will have the time of their lives naming them all.
A fairly recent renovation made underground space for the cars cluttering the avenue, which made the visit even more pleasurable. Keep on walking past the gardens and into the cafés and shops lining the Champs-Elysées Avenue for a truly chic Parisian afternoon.
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