Wednesday, 21 November 2012


The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a must-see in the city of lights. Kind of sadly, it holds none of its former glory. What used to be a chic fashion district is now a whole lot of mall shops. There doesn't seem to be anything particularly French about it any more, and a handfull of overpriced tourist restaurants and chains like MacDonalds make it a culinary wasteland. It's not a place I frequent, but it does make for a nice walk if you have guest in town and want to see a lot in an afternoon.


Starting at the Arc d'Triomphe is a good idea since you get a nice gradual downhill walk.


There was beacoup huffing and puffing on the way up, as there are a lot of steep, narrow stairs to navigate to get to the top.

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The Avenue connects a bunch of landmarks, so it's ideal way to get them all in.


A good tip: The Petit Palace is free to get in, and they have a really nice bathroom. A rarity in a city where most people (ahem, men) just tend to pee where they stand rather than be bothered with finding one.

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The fountains at Concorde...

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The Avenue ends at Concorde (where the infamous beheadings of Louis and Marie happened) and then you can take a stroll through the relative quiet of the Tulleries until you reach the Louvre.

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If you've ever had the urge or need to by dozens of miniature eiffel towers, you are in the right place.

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  1. I always wished I'd grabbed an Eiffel Tower statue when I was in Paris! I have my great grandfathers from when he went through Paris on his way back from Jerusalem. :)

    - Meghan

    1. This can be arranged, my dear. Email me.