There are few more impressive sights in the City of Lights than ambling up the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in the evening with your sweetie on your arm and seeing the Arc de Triomphe rise in the distance. Of course one sight that just might exceed this is of the brazen person who dared to stand in the middle of a busy boulevard long enough to effect this time-bending shot.
The Champs-Élysées, a stroller’s delight, is replete with five star hotels, fine dining establishments with large sidewalk seating areas for lingering, and shops in which to spend a pretty euro. This fabulously wide thoroughfare has perhaps five lanes of traffic in each direction with sidewalks nearly as wide framing either side. There is always plenty of space to perambulate unhindered.
As you approach the Arc de Triomphe, built to honor the French who lost their lives in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, you will notice that it sits on the Place Charles de Gaulle. Cross over to the Place and enjoy the bas reliefs designed in 1806 as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, more often known in Europe as the Great War.
The Arc is so large–the largest in the world until the Mexicans superseded it in height in 1938–that a Charles Godefroy flew his biplane through it in 1919! A newsreel of the day captured a snippet of this daredevil feat.
We can picture a no more perfect romantic evening stroll than on the Champs-Élysées as the summer air cools, the French language tingles the air and the sun sets behind the Arc de Triomphe. It is a different world from the tropical paradise that one would experience with Cheap Caribbean promo codes but equally memorable nonetheless.
If you begin at the Place de la Concorde where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lost their heads to that famous French invention, the guillotine, by the time you reach the Arc you will have developed a fine appetite. 1.9 km long– a bit over a mile for we Americans–takes you through the Jardins (Gardens) des Champs-Élysées, very near the Élysée Palace, home to the presidents of France.