Monday, 24 December 2012

The Champs-Élysées

The Champs-Élysées is probably the most famous avenue in Paris (France). At the top, you can admire the Arc de Triomphe. In the opposite direction, you can see the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk of Luxor and the big fairground wheel in the background.

The Arc de Triomphe from the top of the Champs-Élysées

The Arc de Triomphe from the other side (Avenue de la Grande Armée)

Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Élysées avenue

Illuminated fountains - Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées
The avenue is also home to upscale shops, cars manufacturer showrooms, famous restaurants (the Fouquet’s) and luxury brands.

Christmas decorations on the Cartier shop
At Christmas, the avenue is illuminated and very crowded. They also organise a lovely Christmas market in the lower part of the avenue.

The Champs-Élysées in paintings

I was surprised that I could not find that many paintings of the Champs-Elysees. Here are two:

La Modiste Sur Les Champs Elysees by Jean Béraud [Source : Wikimedia]

The Champs Elysees During The Paris Fair Of 1867 [Source: Wikigallery]

I wish everyone a happy Christmas and end-of-year celebrations.

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