Champs Elysees in Paris is an instantly recognizable landmark familiar to many with its avenue of clipped horse chestnut trees behind which are expensive cafés and shops. This 1.91 km avenue that runs from the Place de la Concorde in the east of the city, to the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west, was built in the 17th century and is now one of the world’s most expensive strips of real estate. The avenue ends at the Arc de Triomphe another instantly recognizable iconic structure, built to honour Napoleon Bonaparte’s war victories in the mid 19th century. Underneath its soaring arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame and a huge French Tricolour waving in the breeze above it.
Visitors arriving in Paris most often head to the Champs Elysees for their first Parisian experience which may be to eat at the many restaurants that line the avenue, from the ubiquitous fast food places to the fashionable restaurants with their expensive fare. Others tend to shop at the stores offering world famous brands or to window shop at the elegant designer boutiques. It is also one of the city’s most happening places when the clubs and cabarets open for the evening. The sidewalks of the avenue are clogged most times of the day with Parisians going about their business and with visitors from all over the world. “People watching” from a table in one of the coffee shops on the Champs Elysees is said to be one of the most popular Parisian pastimes.
In and around the Champs Elysees travellers can find a great selection of hotels in Paris and Millennium and Copthorne hotels UK have some of their smartest properties in the city. These properties are suited for discerning business and leisure travellers, offering easy access to the city’s many attractions and commercial areas and to its road and rail network. Take advantage of the great deals and special discounts offered by these four star UK hotels group and have a memorable experience in an unforgettable city.