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The Champs Elysees ("Elysian Fields" in English) began as a vast area of fields, fields, and more fields, but in 1616 was developed into a tree-lined walkway by Marie de Medicis. Over time it became a very "fashionable place to walk." In 1724 the avenue was extended to the area of the Arc de Triomphe. In 1828, the Champs Elysees became city property, and footpaths, fountains, and gas lighting were added. Today, it is lined with cafes, shops, and entertainment, and is one of the most famous streets in the world.

The picture below is a wonderful representation of the social side of the Champs Elysees. It was a place to walk talk and generally show off. This is probably one reason why the the actions associated with the Champs Elysees or any walk for that reason became known as the "Promenade" because people promenaded around their stuff.

La Promenade des Champs Elysees, by Eugene Lami, 1840

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