Les Champs-Élysée

"La Plus Belle Avenue du Monde"

Background

  • The street measures 1.25 miles (2 kilometers).
  • Champs-Élysée translates to Elysian Fields; This is supposedly the ancient mythical resting place of Greek gods and other blessed figures.
  • The Champs-Élysée started out as fields filled with the gardens of merchants that sold their goods to Paris' local markets.
  • In 1616, King Henry IV's wife Marie de Medici decided to make it look nicer (and put people out of their jobs) and make a tree-lined avenue in these fields.

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Description

  • People can walk or drive along this beautiful 2 kilometer avenue day or night for free.
  • It is lined with restaurants, luxury boutiques, flagship stores, and nightclubs.
  • Each year, it hosts the Bastille Day Parade and the arrival of the Tour de France

WOW!

  • Houses along this prestigious avenue go for rent at about €1.1 million a year per 1,100 square feet.
Les Champs-Elysees - Joe Dassin - French and English subtitles.mp4