The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world.
This impressive promenade stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe. At its western end the Champs-Elysées is bordered by cinemas, theaters, cafés and luxury shops. Near the Place de la Concorde, the street is bordered by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and some grand buildings including the Grand and Petit Palais at the southern side and the Elysée at its northern side. The latter has been the residence of the French Presidents since 1873.
The Champs-Elysées is used for all the major celebrations. This is where Parisians celebrate New Year's Eve and where the military parades are held on the 14th of July. Historic national events, like the Liberation at the end of the second World War or the victory in the World Cup football were also celebrated on this wide avenue.
17th century - The Elysian Fields
In the 16th century this area was nothing but fields outside the center of Paris. In 1616 Marie de Medicis decided to create a long tree-lined path going east from the Tuileries. The route was redesigned in 1667 by renowned landscape designer André Le Nôtre as an extension of the Jardins des Tuileries. The promenade, now called 'Grande Allée du Roule' or 'Grand-Cours' had become a fashionable place but was still isolated from the city with few buildings surrounding the area. 27 Years later the promenade was renamed to 'Champs-Elysées', or Elysian Fields in English. The name was derived from Greek mythology where 'Elusia' is a place where heroes come to relax.
18th & 19th century - Further Development
In 1724 the Champs-Elysées was extended all the way to the Chaillot hill (now known as l'Etoile, the site of the Arc de Triomphe). Its current form took shape in 1838 when French architect Ignaz Hittorf - who was redesigning the Place de la Concorde - created the Jardins des Champs-Elysées. He also installed sidewalks, gas lamps and fountains. The Champs-Elysées started to attract more and more restaurants and hotels, especially after 1900 when the Paris métro line nr 1 reached the Etoile station.
The lastest redesign of the prestigious avenue was done in 1994 by Bernard Huet. The side lanes were converted into pedestrian zones, an underground parking lot was created and new trees were planted. Cars now only occupy half the width of this grand avenue.
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besnard (53906) 2008-09-24 2:55
Une belle vue plongeante sur les "champs" avec un coup d'oeil sur les beaux immeubles. Tu as obtenu une bonne profondeur d'image.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
Buin (42350) 2008-09-24 3:31
A magnificent sight - and an uncommon! In combination with your excellent note truly a contribution in the full sense of TrekEarth!
Greetings from autumnal Germany!
phwall (6785) 2008-09-24 3:36
Lovely view of the Champs-Elysées. Where did you shoot this from?? It is not an often seen POV. I like the hustle and bustle you have in the capture, cars, people, shops and beautiful buildings, and trees.
serp2000 (40906) 2008-09-24 4:45
My smile to you, George,
Beatiful perspective! Superb shot! Excellent colours and fine details!
mauro61 (52623) 2008-09-24 5:49
grande prospettiva e grandi colori per questo ottimo pov dall'alto.
Docarmo (9639) 2008-09-24 9:19
Very beautiful shot, from a fantastic POV. Excellent light and sharpness, great effect of depth.
And a very useful note.
Thanks for sharing,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-09-24 10:42
Hello George, you could not find a better point of view. The image is superb, on a splendid avenue which I had not seen under this aspect. The coloured traffic is surprising. A splendid work.
Have a good evening
mesutilgim (86510) 2008-09-24 12:16
Hi dear George,
Wonderfull pov. Very good compo with many nice details. My favorite is the green cross at center left of a pharmacy ! And very good notes as usual.
TFS and best regards
Deepforest (9260) 2008-09-24 12:19
Good capture of that famous and very crowded avenue. Interesting perspective from the height. Good composition and nice light.
salvator (19102) 2008-09-24 12:46
I have lost count on my attempts to be able to write you a critique.
The photo is absolutely wonderful. The point of view, the sharpness, the details, the colors look absolutely superb.
Best regards. Salvator.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-09-24 13:08
I think you had taken this shot over Arc de Triomphe, very good choice, Champs-Elysées looks magnificant,
dareco (17134) 2008-09-24 14:35
Yikes! I'm scared of heights so looking at this makes my knees a little shakey! ;) A great picture though, excellent detail and colors and really a fabulous scene. TFS
danyy (0) 2008-09-24 14:39
un POV extrèmement bien choisi, une vue qui donne un peu le vertige, autant par l'altitude que par la densité de la circulation.
Tu as su donner beaucoup de profondeur.
paura (47166) 2008-09-24 15:03
A great point of view to shw this beautiful landscape. Colors and lighting are also very nice. well done, friend.
ChrisJ (100572) 2008-09-24 17:57
A superb downward pov in this superb & interesting Parisian streetscape. Good color, sharpness & linear perspective. That sidewalk sure looks crowded! Tfs!
berek (40375) 2008-09-24 21:55
you are right colorful and impressive perspective. I like your point of view. have a nice day.
izmirli (3987) 2008-09-24 22:45
merhaba my friend george
excellent big boulevard and daily life.excellent historical buildings and colours.wonderful compsition.well done my friend.
have a nice day.
xavshot (69835) 2008-09-24 22:47
superbe POV et belle perspective dans cette photo. J'aime les nombreux détails que l'on peut apercevoir dans cette image. Très belle série sur Paris. Bravo
UnTrained (0) 2008-09-24 23:13
lines of the city with traffic by car, bike and also on foot (all accompanied by the green). The crossing tram (?) in the middle really seems to disturb to motion. Good sharpness everywhere.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
TopGeo (38204) 2008-09-25 0:08
Hallo George!These splendid recordings lovely view from tally have a view and detail that adore! Have in the frame the prospect and the point so much admirable selected that enchanting
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-09-25 0:44
Hello George! Dangerous perspective. Good capture. Very good focus. Perfect sharpness. Nice colours. Good luck!
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-09-25 0:54
Great view from this high POV. Excellent colours, sharpness and details in the crowded street. I also like your note
TFS and have a nice evening
Cretense (68691) 2008-09-25 2:24
Wow, where did you climb (or did you fly?) to get such a breathtaking POV? Amazing! Excellent framing and composition, great perspective, great depth of field and fantastic colours, for this photo, trully a sight for sore eyes! Congratulations!
asajernigan (21360) 2008-09-25 3:32
This is a colorful view of the Champs Elysees. Your elevated POV provides a nice perspective for the shot. The avenue leads the eye through the shot nicely. The lighting and colors are fine with nice sharpness and detail.
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-09-25 5:09
George, in a word, Magic. The lens compression here is perfect and the rest of the shot matches. It feel huge and busy and old and crowed and this is a really great shot.
jurek1951 (42160) 2008-09-25 5:37
Beautiful vertical cityscape. Colors are strong and natural, perfect light.Perfect quality and very well framed.
gildasjan (41730) 2008-09-25 7:48
Un point de vue exceptonnel pou cette vue des champs Elysées;Je ne sais pas si c'est la plus belle avenue du monde comme on le dit mais elle a du succès et tu la rends bien vivante par ce cliché.
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-09-25 10:11
I like a lot the depth of this view to a great place.
this is a nice job for sure, great compo and great use of long focal.
Have a nice day,
Graal (98602) 2008-09-25 23:20
Jó napot George,
fine POV, good presentation of famous Avenue. Well quality and interesting note. Well done photo.
francio64 (38831) 2008-09-26 3:51
I don't know if Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world, but I know that it's wonderful.
Good POV with good perspective of this avenue.
pablominto (53744) 2008-09-27 4:30
And the trees seem to be fresh and healthy, in spite the kind of unusual cutting!
Good point of view to show mainly the street but also some surrounding architecture...
A well composed presentation with so many details!
COSTANTINO (57172) 2008-09-27 11:04
Hello my friend,
This shot is very impressive with so many
architectural details..very good work..
Good document from daily life..
All the best dear Friend
polpo56 (15134) 2008-09-28 14:35
a wonderful composition and a fantastic POV in this shot of this famous avenue full of life.
About famous (and nice) avenues, Have you seen the way of "Fori imperiali" in Rome?
P.S. I posted some picture of your city: I'll be glad to known your opinion about these pictures.
clnaef (6289) 2008-09-30 5:57
Une véritable fourmilière. Les gens ne doivent pas se sentir seul !
jaywalker (16101) 2008-09-30 12:14
Hi George, What great quality & what a superb view of this very busy scene, the eye follows the line of neatly cut trees right up the Champs-Elysées, Colourful perspective is a great title, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Moods, streets and museums from Paris. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 2:47