This was initially a vast swampy region; after its reclamation, Le Notre in 1667 designed the broad avenue which was first called the Grand Cours ( its current name dates from 1709 ): it goes from the Tuileries to Place de I’Etoile, now today called Place de Gaulle. At the start of the avenue are the famous Horses of Marly, by Guillaume Coustou. From here to the Rond-Point of the Champs Elysees, the ave is flanked by a huge park.
As we walk along with it, on the right is the Theater des Ambassadeurs-Espace Pierre Cardin, on the left the Ledoyen eatery from the time of Louis XVI.
In-Place Clemenceau is the bronze statue of the well-known politician who led France to victory in 1918. At this stage, the panoramic Avenue Churchill starts, together with the Invalides as well as the Alexandre III Bridge in the backdrop. On each side of the Avenue Churchill are the Grand Palais as well as the Petit Palais, two visiting buildings with friezes big colonnades, and sculptural groups, erected for the World Fair.
ROND-POINT of the Champs Elysees
This significant junction is right at the end of the parking zone of the Champs Elysees; Le Notre designed the square, about 150 yards wide. On the left is the headquarters of the paper, Le Figaro, in the right that of Jours de France. This is actually the start of the broad road ( its two footpaths some 25 yards broad as well as the roadway more than 30 ) along either side of which are the offices of airlines, banks as well as car showrooms. There are three big covered galleries, the Galerie Elysees-La Boetie at no. 54, the Galerie Arcades at no. 76 as well as the Galerie Point-Show at no. 66