Through fashionable Paris in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn

    Philippa
    04 Feb 2015
    Clock 80min      Length2mi
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    Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées

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    The Avenue Montaigne meets the Champs-Elysées at the traffic circle known as the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées. This location appears in "How to Steal a Million," my all-time favourite Audrey Hepburn film. It was made in 1966 and directed by William Wyler, who had also directed her in "Roman Holiday."

    Once you get to the Rond-Point, the tour continues on the street directly opposite the Avenue Montaigne. This means working your way around the traffic circle. Traffic is usually heavy and there are huge tour buses thundering down the Avenue. You should remove your headphones, pay close attention to the traffic lights, and keep your wits about you. But while you are crossing, take a moment to look up towards the Arc de Triomphe and to admire the view along this unique Paris boulevard. Also, look for the benches just behind the flowerbeds and fountains on each of the corners. On one of them, Audrey and Peter O'Toole plotted how to steal a statue from a heavily guarded museum in the film.

    So, cross the Rond-Point now. When you get to the other side, put your headphones back on, and look for the Avenue de Matignon, our next destination.

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