July 2, 2017: pedestrians on the Champs Elysees, which is known for luxury brands.
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Avenue des Champs-Élysées


No trip to Paris is complete without strolling this broad, tree-shaded avenue lined with luxury shops. Named for the Elysian Fields (‘heaven’ in Greek mythology), the Champs-Élysées was laid out in the 17th century and is part of the axe historique, linking place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe. It's where presidents and soldiers parade on Bastille Day, where the Tour de France holds its final sprint, and where Paris turns out for organised and impromptu celebrations.

Cars are banished on the first Sunday of the month.

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1. Palais de la Découverte

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2. Grand Palais

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3. Musée Jacquemart-André


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4. Statue of Général Charles de Gaulle

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Created by Jean Cardot, this 3.7m-high bronze statue (2000), set atop a 3.85m-high pedestal, depicts a striding Général Charles de Gaulle, who led the the…

5. Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

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6. Jardin de la Nouvelle France

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7. Flame of Liberty Memorial

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8. Palais de l’Élysée


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