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Quick Overview of Champs Élysées
You simply cannot visit Paris without going to the Champs Elysées! It's the most beautiful and famous avenue in the world (la plus belle avenue du monde as the French say), let alone Paris, so you cannot possibly miss it.The Avenue des Champs Elysées is lined with horse-chestnut trees, and filled with expensive boutiques, cinemas and eateries. It is also home to historical landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde.
Champs Elysées Pronunciation
The pronunciation of Champs Elysées only looks tricky. French has a tendency to link spoken words in certain circumstances (this is called liaison), and Champs Élysées is an example - which is why the phonetic spelling looks like one word.
Champs Elysées Meaning
'Champs' is French for 'fields', and 'Élysées' means 'Elysian', so you translate 'Champs Élysées' as the 'Elysian Fields'. In Greek Mythology, 'Elysian' refers to an idyllic place in the after-life, which is where you may well find yourself when you get your credit card bill after a day spent indulging there.
What to do and see on the Champs Elysées
Even if you are only going to do window-shopping (called lèche-vitrine, or 'lick window' in French - the audio pronunciation is easy to follow), it's still fun to browse the expensive boutiques. If any of the shop assistants descend on you to ask if you need help, you can always reply with a smile and 'Non, merci, je fais du lèche-vitrine'. Watch out for the Louis Vuitton flagship, Guerlain, Lacoste and Cartier if you are more interested in French brands, or cast your eye on the Disney flagship store, and international brands such as Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M and more.
If you can, try to at least have a snack or a coffee at one of the famous cafés on the Champs Elysées, such as Fouquet's or Café George V. It's expensive and crowded, but it's worth it for the experience and the people watching judging by the majority of reviews. Most important is to proceed to Ladurée, and enjoy a proper French macaron in one of the most opulent bakeries you will ever see. There is audio pronunciation of Fouquet's and Café George V is on this page, but if you need a little more help, the phonetic spelling follows:
The pronunciation of Fouquet is foo:keh
Café George V is pronounced kah:fay zhorzh sa~k
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