Charles de Gaulle – Étoile at a Glance
Lines: 1, 2, and 6
Sights Within 1 Kilometer
Thomas Jefferson Home-650m
Champs-Élysées: There aren’t as many places to visit near this métro stop, but the sights are quintessential Paris. The Champs-Élysées is an elegant boulevard filled with high end shops and tourists. Most big cities have a street like this, but somehow the French make it seem a little more elegant. This boulevard looks especially patriotic near the Bastille Day. Enjoy window shopping for a Renault or the perfect Louis Vuitton. My money never leaves my purse, but it is still a spectacle to see.
Thomas Jefferson Home: The patriot’s home was shared with his slave, Sally. It is believed that he fathered several children with her. If you enjoy watching movie’s featuring Paris, you may want to see Jefferson in Paris to see Paris during a different time period with one of America’s most famous rebels.
Ladurée: We’ve all heard of the famous French macarons, but this is supposed to be the place to purchase some. A line is typical, but the passing views of the interior along with a sample of macarons is a good way to introduce yourself to the French dessert.
Parc Monceau: I almost selected a different métro stop to expose visitors to one of my favorite areas in Paris. Luckily, I was able to include Parc Monceau, but there is so much more to see beyond the 1 kilometer. If you want to see the scenes of the Impressionists, this is the area you need to visit. To learn more about this beautiful corner of Paris, view my post about my Paris Walk with the Impressionists.
Arc de Triomphe: Arches are popular in Paris, but this is the one you’ve been waiting to see. It is big and elegant. The roundabout surrounding the arch is enough to cause anxiety, but fortunately there are underground tunnels to safely transport you to the center. Visit the tomb of the unknown soldier, and walk around viewing the boulevards that were designed with a military influence. Think of the history that the arch has seen. I get chills when I think of Hitler marching into town and occupying the city. If you’re ready for a climb, go to the top for some of the best views of the city.
Am I missing something? I’m not as familiar with this area of Paris, but if you think that something else should be included, please let me know!