8th Arrondissement

The Eighth Arrondissement is located on the Rive Droite (Right Bank) of Paris. Its celebrated avenues, boulevards, and squares create a majestic setting for a Paris apartment. The Eighth’s grandiose streets are elevated further by the arrondissement’s impressive array of monuments, churches, museums and exposition halls. These points of interest, along with the Eighth’s avenues, create a picturesque background for a Paris apartment.

The Eighth, with its famous avenues and boulevards, is the perfect place for a Paris apartment. The avenue des Champs-Élysées, the premier of these avenues, runs the length of the Eighth and makes up its heart. This ensures that any Paris apartment in the Eighth is close to the Champs-Élysées’ sweeping sidewalks. It becomes apparent at first sight why this avenue, which is lined from top to bottom with trees and glamorous shops and restaurants (the Louis Vuitton flagship store, Le Fouquet’s restaurant, etc), is the subject of songs. The Champs-Élysées shines even brighter during the winter holidays when it is lit with holiday decorations and lights. The Champs-Élysées during the holidays also has a holiday market. Bastille Day, however, may be the Champs-Élysées at its peak. On that day the avenue hosts a grand parade, which includes firefighters, the police, and the armed forces. The Champs-Élysées also intersects several other renowned avenues, including l’avenue Montaigne, l’avenue George V, and l’avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt. All three of these avenues, with their luxury stores and restaurants, are nearly as splendid as the dominating Champs-Élysées. These four avenues, along with the other numerous Haussmannian avenues, guarantee that any Paris apartment in the Eighth is near fantastic dining and shopping.

The monuments and churches of the Eighth are no less impressive than the arrondissement’s avenues. In fact, they contribute greatly to the majesty of the avenues of the Eighth. The most clear and stunning example of this is the Champs-Élysées which ends at the feet of l’Arc de Triomphe and the place de la Concorde. The place de la Concorde, which touches the Tuileries Gardens, has at its heart the Egyptian Obélisque de Luxor. As unbelievable as it is, this obelisk, which was brought from the Luxor Temple in Egypt nearly two hundred years ago, fits perfectly into this 18th century French public square. At the other end of the Champs-Élysées is the imposing Arc de Triomphe, which was built to celebrate the French victories of the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. One of the most breath-taking views of Paris can be had from the top of the Arc. At the bottom of l’avenue George V and l’avenue Montaigne is the Place de l’Alma with the Flamme de la Liberté (Flame of Liberty). The Flame, although a symbol of Franco-American relations, has become a memorial for the late Princess Diana, who died in the tunnel adjacent to the Place and Flame. Not far from the Place is the Pont Alexandre III, which is unquestionably the most ornate bridge in Paris. The Eighth’s extravagant Churches have a similar effect on the Eighth as the monuments. For one, the Église de la Madeleine is a stunning backdrop for the rue Royale. Indeed, the Eighth’s matrix of avenues, monuments and churches makes it one of the most preferred areas for Paris apartments.

Paris apartments in the Eighth are also a great location from which to enjoy museums and expositions. For one, there is Asian art to be enjoyed at the Musée Cernuschi. A trip to this museum is a perfect addition to a day spent in the nearby Parc Monceau. Not far from either is the Musée Jacquemart-André with its massive Italian art collection. For those more interested in science there is the Palais de la Découverte. The science museum is actually a part of the Grand Palais, which along with the Petit Palais serves as an exhibition hall. A Paris apartment in the Eighth is truly an ideal place from which to explore much of Paris’ cultural sites.

Finally, a Paris apartment in the Eighth is ideally located for a weekend escape to Normandy. This is thanks to the Gare Saint-Lazare train station.

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