Champs Elysees and Trocadero
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The river Seine dissects this area, much of which is built on a monumental scale, from the imposing 18th century buildings of les Invalides to the Art Nouveau Avenues surrounding the Eiffel Tower. Paris's original must see area.
Two of Paris's grandest thoroughfares dominate the neighborhood to the north of the Seine : the Champs Elysees, which has many smart hotels and shops but is trending downward as many visitors opt for quieter and less hectic areas to stay in; and the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré which boasts the heavily guarded Palais de l'Elysee.
The village of Chaillot was absorbed into the city in the 19th century, and many of its opulent Second empire mansions are now embassies or multi-national corporation headquarters.
Streets around the place du Trocadero (great hotel area) and the Neoclassical Palais de Chaillot are packed full of museum and elegant cafes.
Palais de Chaillot and Trocadero:
This immense Palais was built for the international exhibition of 1937 and is now home to four very different museums, among them are areas devoted to french monuments, the history of cinema, ethnology, anthropology and human biology, and to marine and naval history.
The complex also contains the Cinematheque repertory cinema and the huge Theatre National de Chaillot.
The fountains and statues in the Trocadero gardens below line up with the Eiffel Tower across the river and together form a spectacular display when floodlit at night.
- Musee des Monuments : phone 01 44 05 39 10. Open Mon, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm.
- Musee de la Marine : phone 45 53 31 70. Open same days and hours.
- Musee de l'Homme : phone 44 05 72 72. Open Mon, Wed-Sun 9.45am-5pm.
- Musee du Cinema Henri Langlois: Phone 01 45 53 74 39 Open Wed-Fri 10am-5pm; guided tours only, every hour.