The Champs Elysees, the grand boulevard of Paris.
The river Seine divides this grand section of Paris, stretching from the imposing 18th century buildings of Les Invalides to the Art Nouveau Avenues surrounding the Eiffel Tower.
Two of Paris’s most impressive thoroughfares dominate the neighborhood to the north of the Seine: the ultra chic Champs Elysees, and the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. St. Honoré is where you’ll find the well-guarded Palais de l’Elysee. It’s hard to believe this classy part of Paris was once a village (Chaillot), albeit a posh one, absorbed into the city in the 19th century. Not surprisingly, many of its opulent Second Empire mansions are now embassies or multi-national corporate headquarters.
The Champs Elysees (Elysian Fields rendered in French) was designed to be a Royal promenade stretching from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Now filled with cars and mall-like shops, the new vision is to bring back the promenade feel, but without the royalty. Read more about it at Conde Nast Traveler.
Palais de Chaillot and Trocadero:
This immense Palais was built for the international exhibition of 1937 and is now home to four very different museums; with sections devoted to French monuments, the history of cinema, ethnology, anthropology and human biology, and to marine and naval history.
The complex also contains the Cinematheque repertory cinema and the huge Theatre National de Chaillot.
The fountains and statues in the Trocadero gardens below line up with the Eiffel Tower across the river and together form a gorgeous panorama when impressively lit up at night.
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