Champs-Elysses After Dark

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.

Champs Elysesses from Arc de Triomphe
Champs Elysesses from Arc de Triomphe

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.

Service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Looking up toward Arc de Triomphe
Looking up toward Arc de Triomphe

Looking down the Champs-Élysées, see the lit trees and Christmas lights.

Champs Elysesses at night
Champs-Elysees at night

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.

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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