Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées

The Arc de Triomphe sits up the hill along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. First-time visitors to Paris really should visit both of these sites. As it turned out, I was staying in an Airbnb apartment a short walk away from the Arc during the latter portion of my stay in the city, so I got to walk past it every day.

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One day, the French flag was displayed on the monument.

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Here’s the view down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc.

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I was lucky to be visiting on a Sunday and discovered that practically the entire avenue had been closed to traffic. People were walking all along the Champs-Élysées, and market stalls lined both sides of the roadway.

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At the other end of the Champs-Élysées is the Place de la Concorde. This is where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed in 1793 (January and October, respectively). There’s also an ancient Egyptian obelisk here.

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Bonus Photo!

This plaque, affixed to a building along the Champs-Élysées, commemorates the time Thomas Jefferson lived there as U.S. minister to France.

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2 Responses to “Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées”
  1. discoveling says:

    Interesting post and beautiful pictures!

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