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Champs Élysées, La Grande Roue on Place de la Concorde by Night

This evening view of the Champs Élysées is an explosion of light. With the Arc de Triomphe a good ways behind us, our view is from the middle of the boulevard toward the Place de la Concorde.

Walking this stretch of the city in the evening, especially during Christmas as in this photo, is incomparable. From La Grande Roue in the distance, trees dressed in lavender-blue lights stretch out as in an embrace. The cars coming and going on the rain wet thoroughfare speak to the ever present high energy of the city.

La Grande Roue is a gigantic ferris wheel set up from time to time on the Place. The original one dates from 1900 as a starring feature of the world exhibition in Paris.

To avoid the crowds, Paris in the fall is spectacular. If you wait until late autumn to visit and savor the sights, you will be dropped into this winter wonderland in the City of Lights. Wintertime in a place like Paris more than makes up for the chilly temperatures that you would not have to deal with if you went in the opposite direction with Cheap Caribbean promo codes, which give you a warm embrace.

At the time, the cars were so huge that they were removed and used as housing for Parisians during the hardships of the Great War–World War I to those in the United States.

Finally, in 1920, it was disassembled and the cars were used by the rag-and-bone men of the day to carry on their business of collecting bits of household detritus, most notably rags and bones, to be resold.

Today’s Grande Roue is clearly of new stock and quite spectacular to see. Although we have not taken a ride, judging from the views from the Eiffel Tower and from the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the vista of Paris is surely panoramic.

Champs Elysees and La Grande Roue on Place de la Concorde by night


Champs Elysees and La Grande Roue on Place de la Concorde by Night
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on February 4, 2015
Stunning brilliance and color immerse you in beauty on the famous Champs Élysées Boulevard. The huge spectacle is typical Parisian that is not to be missed.