We strolled the Champs-Élysées one evening, taking in the Christmas decorations and lights.
We started at the Arc de Triomphe, which has a great view from the top of the Champs-Élysées. See the cars on the roundabout, poised to cruise down the Champs-Élysées. Many lines of cars converging without lane lines — no worries. It all works out in the end! Formerly called Place de l’Étoile (the English Square of the Star loses lots in translation), the roundabout connects radiating twelve avenues.
We drove this roundabout once, a long time ago. We rented a car at Invalides and drove to Giverny to see Monet’s house and garden. Leaving Paris, we drove up the Champs-Élysées and took an underpass under the Arc de Triomphe. Returning that evening, we retraced our route but discovered that there was no underpass for the other direction, and we drove onto this roundabout! We exited quickly and safely, and never did that again.
On a chilly December evening, there was a lengthy service at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder under the Arc.
Looking down the Champs-Élysées, see the lit trees and Christmas lights.
The lighting was dim for these night photos — many lights, but far away. Shooting handheld, I increased the ISO to get the proper exposure at f/9. When I could brace the camera, I used a 1/20 or 1/30 second shutter speed for some photos.