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Champs Elysee: worth an afternoon or too tacky?

Champs Elysee: worth an afternoon or too tacky?

Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 01:40 AM
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There are 5 Uniqlo stores in Paris. The one at Opéra was just the first one.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 03:33 AM
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Take the Paris virgins to Laduree for tea and macarons; it is a beautiful building and interior. Drugstore is worth 15 minute walk-through. Shop Uniqlo here in the States. As stated above, always a must walk from Tuileries to Arc.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 04:33 AM
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I think there are some beautiful buildings on the CE. Your in Paris, go there once.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 05:59 AM
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It's funny how many of the buildings are fake (like Ladurée). I worked in the building that now houses Louis Vuitton for about 12 years. It's an art deco spectacular that was mostly built in 1931, but half of it is 'fake' because it shared the block with a classic Haussmannian building which was demolished in 1995. The empty space was filled in with an extension of the other building that is so perfectly done that you cannot see the difference. It is also, by the way, the most expensive piece of real estate in the entire city.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 07:54 AM
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Excellent advice from you all. I really appreciate it. Am continuing to talk to my "virgins" who say, "whatever you think we should do.....!"
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 09:09 AM
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You might start behind the Arc de Triomphe, cross over Pont de l'Alma and walk around the great piles of Haussmannian buildings to the Eiffel Tower.
Avenue de Matignon is where the wealthy go to shop.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 09:52 AM
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ride along it on a city bus.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 12:07 PM
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ride along it on a city bus.?

Or under it on the metro - about as good a view of it as from an RATP bus
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 12:23 PM
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Clearly some people are passionately against the area. I have also been told to avoid Times Square, Picadilly Circus, Fisherman's Wharf, Hollywood Boulevard, the Ginza, Copacabana, Bondi and other such places. I tend to wonder about the mindset of people who give such advice.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 12:53 PM
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They just cannot put theirselves into shoes of average first-time orindary tourists who have heard about the Champs so much - a kind of superiority thing I think -yet they I bet went there on their first trips to Paris too.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 01:30 PM
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And yes in all the zillions of times I've walked the Champs it did always appear to be so ... blah in many ways but always rather exciting - kind of the modern splashy side of Paris then. I certainly would not spend a whole afternoon there but just stroll up and down its rather short length. Have not been there in a long time - are the elegant car dealerships still there?

On the west side of the Arc de Triomphe were several bicycle shops. One reason I did go to the area so much - bought my first European Peugeot bike there and rode up and down the Champs just like tomorrow's TDF will.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 01:51 PM
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Walk your fellow travelers from Etoile to Roosevelt.
If they complain that the Champs are too bland and full of cheap chain stores, make a right into Avenue Montaigne and they will be happy. And bankrupt a bit later
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 02:12 PM
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>>"followed by several wives sheathed in black and wearing metal face masks"
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 02:14 PM
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The standard advice from NY'ers is, visit Times Square, just don't stay in the area.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 03:00 PM
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kerouac, I would always avoid tourists in Amsterdam to avoid Damrak and Dam Square. And the RLD. And Leidseplein. And Rembrandtplein.

Always.

But if they must, it can't be helped. The few times that I really had to be near CE, I wasn't overly impressed. Lange Voorhout in The Hague is far more beautiful. As everyone knows.

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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 03:01 PM
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drat, where is the edit button...oh..wait
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 04:12 PM
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I love the view of the CE from a Place de la Concorde otherwise it's no different than any American shopping mall, unfortunately.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 04:30 PM
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If your friends have never been to Paris before you have to at least see it. Stroll from one end to the other then move on. On our way to the airport last year our taxi drove us down it at 7:45 on a Sunday morning. We were amazed at how nice it looked when there was no traffic and few pedestrians.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 06:28 PM
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Colette is closing on December 20, 2017, so probably a better idea to walk along the Rue Saint-Honoré!

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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 08:36 PM
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To the OP

You are not dedicating your life or making a financial investment in the CE. The worst that happens is that you waste an hour.
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