A listener could practically close her eyes and see herself in Paris through the magic of this evocative installment of iMinds. Australian actress Margo Knight brings her seasoned and cultivated voice to her descriptions of the tree-lined streets, palaces, gardens, and designer boutiques of the Champs Elysées. Calling the storied boulevard a "central point of connection to the rest of Paris and its history", Knight goes on to prove her point by showcasing the many dramas, tragedies, and triumphs that unfolded on the Champs and surrounding streets. From a historic perfume shop to the Place de la Concorde where Marie Antoinette was beheaded, this episode is both a broad and intimate overview of a Parisian landmark.
Learn about the history of the beautiful Champs Elysees in Paris with iMinds Travel's insightful audio knowledge series.
The Champs Elysées is the main boulevard of Paris in France. Over the years, it has been a popular rallying point in times of national crisis and celebration. In 1998, for example, the people of Paris assembled here to party all night in celebration of France’s soccer win in the World Cup. And every year in July people flock to the Champs Elysées to witness the end of the famous Tour de France bicycle race. After a triumphal march in 1871, Parisians lit bonfires under the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Elysées to get rid of what was referred to as the “stain” of German boots. Today, the Bastille Day procession, which marks the storming of the Bastille, a key event in the French Revolution, begins at the Arc de Triomphe. This procession involves tanks, guns and flags.
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