"Oh~ Champs-Élysées~ Oh~ Champs-Élysées"

這首以香榭大道為名,傳唱許久的法國歌曲,大概就可以說明香榭大道是多麼地知名。畢竟能直接被拿來當歌名的路還真沒多少!(OS:忠孝東路走九遍?!

The widely known French song titled "Les Champs-Élysées" probably is the best evidence indicating just how famous the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is. After all, there are not that many songs using street names as titles.

寬廣的香榭大道從凱旋門貫穿到協和廣場,是許多精品店、知名餐廳林立的所在地。

The wide Avenue des Champs-Élysées stretching from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde, is home to many name-brand shops and famed restaurants.

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截至目前為止,我和麻煩先生造訪過的歐洲城市都不算大得驚人,或者應該說城市本身不小,但主要的景點都相當集中,常常信步走走就可以逛完大多數想看的景點,包括布拉格、薩爾斯堡、葛拉茲,甚至我們所住的維也納都是如此。

但巴黎全然不同!

只要走一趟總長度兩公里的香榭大道,就可以知道,想光用雙腳走而不搭乘任何大眾交通工具,要逛完巴黎,大概會先累死!

So far, the scales of the European cities Mr. T and I have visited are not horribly enormous, or maybe I should put it this way: the cities are big metropolises but all the main sites are not too far from each other, making it possible to hit almost every site by foot. Prague, Salzburg, Graz and even our temporary home, Vienna, are like that.

However, Paris is a totally different story!

Shall you have any doubt, just one trip strolling down the 2-km Champs-Élysées could make you realize that to see the important sites of Paris without taking any public transportation is simply impossible.

我跟麻煩先生就是這樣!因為過去幾趟旅行的經驗,讓我們兩個人傻傻地以為我們可以靠雙腳征服巴黎。抵達巴黎的第一天,我們一路從艾菲爾鐵塔逛到夏佑宮,再轉到凱旋門。當時兩個人還傻里傻氣地打算一路走到羅浮宮,看夜裡的羅浮宮。結果還沒走到協和廣場,Sunny就先投降了,哇哇叫著腳好酸,最後打道回府。

This is exactly what happened to Mr. T and I! Based on our previous experiences, we foolishly believed that we could walk through Paris. On the very first day we arrived in Paris, we walked from Eiffel Tower, through Palais de Chaillot to Arc de Triomphe. At the time, we still planned to walk all the way to le Louvre hoping to admire it at night. Nevertheless, even before we got to Place de la Concorde, I was already defeated, whining about how my feet hurt! Eventually, we just turned back to our hotel.

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儘管名為凱旋門,1806年在拿破崙要求下開始興建以紀念其帝國征戰勝利的凱旋門,卻看著拿破崙衰敗第一帝國於1815年結束仍尚未完工,最後終於在1836年完成。此外,凱旋門與香榭大道亦見證巴黎曾經不堪的歷史。1871年普魯士(德國前身)戰勝法國後,率軍遊行過凱旋門與香榭大道,1940年德軍佔領巴黎時,再次在此遊行。

In spite of its name for victory, Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to mark the victory of the First Empire of France, seeing the losing of Napoleon and the end of the Empire in 1815, remained unfinished until 1836. Furthermost, Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées also witnessed some of the most embarrassing moments in French history, including the infamous marches through Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées in 1871 by the Prussian army and in 1940 by the German.

如前所述,沿著香榭大道一路走,會有許多精品店。

這裡的Louis Vuitton好大一家,好幾層樓哩。

As said above, along Champs-Élysées, there are a lot of name brand shops.

The Louis Vuitton here is huge with several floors.

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我和麻煩先生也踅進去逛了一下,不過有沒有買東西?!沒有...好唄,就說我是小氣鬼,實在無法花這麼多錢只買一個包!(聳肩)

Mr. T and I went in to look around, but came out empty handed. Oh~well, I am too cheap to bring myself spending so much money on a bag! (shrug)


除此之外,許多店的建築都相當有趣。

Other than that, the architectures here are quite interesting, too.

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知名的甜點店Ladurée在此也有一家分店!

The beloved sweets restaurant Ladurée also has a branch hereon.

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