Champs Élysées: Standing at Place de la Concorde you will now get a clear view of the legendary Arc de Triomphe. The neoclassical monument at the centre of the city honours soldiers who fought and died in the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolution. The Arc de Triomphe marks the beginning of the historic Avenue des Champs Élysées, a broad picture-perfect straight road, almost 2 kilometres long. Champs Élysées, arguably one of the most beautiful avenues of the world, ends in the majestic Place de la Concorde. Champs-Élysées is a cultural hotspot, boasting cinemas, theatres, and exhibition venues. A shopper’s paradise, the High Street stores along the avenue sets the zeitgeist of every fashion trend that first hits Paris before the rest of the world. You can also see the iconic Eiffel Tower standing proudly over the Seine to your left. But let us catch that on Day 3, the next day.
I watched the monument again from below before heading to Champs-Élysées. Walking down this street was something that I WAS going to do, I knew it. The sun above was mild and the weather was pleasant. It was a perfect day and hence I was having a perfect me-time. I stopped for a macaroon at Ladurée on Champs-Élysées, it was another bucket-list moment. I had been treating myself since that morning and I loved every bit of it.
Start your day with the French croissant and Café au lait at Laduree, Champs ElysesesIn Paris, every baker is a master baker and everyone’s croissant is a work of art; baking is in their genes. Have the classic Parisian breakfast; take a croissant and with a Café au lait.Choose Ladurée at Champs Elysees, one of the most famous patisserie in Paris for your breakfast. The setting itself is so Parisian; a tea-room dating back to 1860s with its ceilings decorated with frescos. Also, their double-decker macarons are worth drooling over and are available in quirky flavours; try the rose and salted caramel. There is also a selection of pastries, the best and the most creative in Paris.
This was also the day of the great European Union. It was the day when my sister’ family was joining us. It was so overwhelming to see them appear amidst all other unfamiliar faces, half way across the world. That evening we walked to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées up till the Arc de Triomphe. Being a retail professional, I had read about the glory of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Bond Street in London, Times Square in New York City. But as we bowed before the biggest Louis Vuitton store in the world, every bit of the acclaim of this holy grail of retail came true. The promenade across that avenue stamped the significance of what that place is said to represent.
And the gorgeous night scenes.