In 1670, Le Nôtre, the landscaper of the Château de Versailles, designed the Tuileries Gardens and extended the central avenue via a wide opening into the forest, the Cours-de-la-Reine. This clearing became known as the Elysian Fields or, in French: Champs Elysées.
Les Champs Elysées start at the Place de la Concorde, via the Champs Elysées roundabout and extend to the Place de l'Étoile, a.k.a. Place Charles de Gaulle.
The Champs Elysées are often referred to as the most beautiful avenue in the world.
At its lower end, the avenue is edged by trees and features the Gabriel Pavilion, the Marigny Theater and the famous Laurent restaurant near the philatelic market. Moving up the Avenue, on the left hand side are the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, the Little Palace and the Great Palace, two museums that attract many tourists and Parisians alike.
Starting with the Champs Elysées roundabout, and leading towards the Place de L'Étoile, the wide pavements are decked with famous corporate logos, including restaurants, fashion, culture, sport and cinemas without forgetting the iconic Disney stores, Lido concert halls, the unmissable Le Fouquet's café-restaurant and the prestigious Parisian hotels. A walk along the Champs Elysées remains an essential experience for all visitors to Paris.
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