Champs-Elysee and Arc de Triomphe
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From the Tuileries Garden and the Place de Concorde, it's wonderful to take a stroll up the famous Avenue de Champs-Elysee, which stretches for over a mile until it reaches the Arc de Triomphe. Here you'll find all manner of fancy brasseries and high end shops. Trees line the street.
At night, it's great to wait till it's dark and see the Arc de triomphe lit up in its golden glory, at the far north end of the Champs-Elysee. The Arc de Triomphe has an observation deck where you can look out on the amazing muddle of cars below trying to navigate the huge Charles de Gaulle roundabout with no lanes! You must walk through a tunnel under the roundabout to access the Arc de Triomphe and there is an entry fee.
At the southern end of the Champs-Elysee, there is a park called Jardin des Champs-Elysee (on both sides of the road) which contains the Grand Palais (which contains temporary exhibits and a science museum) and the Petit Palais (which is a free art museum and worth a visit). Check out the beautiful statues and fountains in the park, and little corners filled with plants and flowers such as the Swiss Valley in the southwest corner.
On the northern end of the Champs-Elysee there is a two-storey McDonalds with huge glass windows looking out on the Arc de Triomphe! Way to get a great view without spending big money! It is very crowded on the Champs-Elysee, so not a place to bring a quiet soul.
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McDonalds near the Arc de Triomphe, 140 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris. Open till 2am.
If you get off at the George V metro station, the view of the Arc de Triomphe is a delight!
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