Louvre Museum - Champs Elysees - Arc de Triomphe

The right bank of the Seine has also many interesting and exceptional sights on offer! The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, the Champs Elysees, the most beautiful avenue, and the Arc de Triomphe, the greatest symbol of Napoleon's Triumph - what more do you ask for? Let's plan your Paris Break!
The Rive Droite sights actually account for the must-visits of the French Capital. Starting from the East, you cannot come to Paris without visiting the Louvre, or at least admiring the famous Glass Pyramid and the Carrousel! Le Louvre is indeed THE place to see, hosting the really well-known Leonard de Vinci's painting "Mona Lisa" - usually called La Joconde in French. But this sophisticated French musée is also a work of art in itself due to its remarquable architecture. Heading for the Champs Elysées then, you will pass by one of the busiest squares of Paris, the Place de la Concorde, where many celebrations and public events take place, the firework show on July, 14 being one of the most important ones. Be aware that this huge square-shaped roundabout also features traffic jams at peak times! Finally, let's go for a long walk towards the Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's triumphal arch! Crossing first the Champs Elysees park and gardens (Jardins des Champs Elysees), you will quickly catch sight of the "Triumph Arch" erected at the end of the beautiful "Elysian Fields" avenue. Street lightings and glimmering, fashionable windows are definitely worth a night trip there! The Parisian Champs Elysées promenade is indeed famous for its chic restaurants and cafés, elegant cinemas and theatres, luxury shops and boutiques. The Avenue des Champs Elysées, "the most beautiful avenue in the world", is also one of the longest streets of Paris! Thus, not to waste time or be mistaken, do not hesitate to use the Metro (Paris Tube) from the Concorde place to go directly to the liveliest part of the Avenue (Georges V station). Originally created in the late 17th century as an extension of the Tuileries Gardens {Jardins des Tuileries), following Marie de Medicis' idea, the Champs Elysees avenue only became attractive and powerful after 1900, when the Metro line reached the Place de l'Etoile where the Arc de Triomphe is erected. Since then, this chic neighbourhood has made the pride of the French people! The name of this beautiful long Avenue originates from the Greek culture: "Elysian Fields" refers to Elusia, a place where heroes and warriors would come to relax. Following the metaphor, you may notice that the official, luxurious residence of the French presidents - named L'Elysée itself - has been located just behind the Champs Elysees (to the North) since 1873.

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