Oh the splendor of Avenue Foch!! If only I could capture it in a photograph. Avenue Foch has to be one of the most impressive avenues in Paris. Magnificent displays of Haussmannian architecture, decorative iron fences, towering trees…throw in the landscaped plots of flowers and the wide expanse of lawn, and you have the recipe for my favorite haven of green space in the 16th. I love the Bois de Boulogne, but if you need a quick fix of green, Foch is the place. In fact, it is an extension of the Bois, designed and built in mid 1800s. It was originally named the Avenue of the Empress, after the wife of Napoleon III. No wonder the Onassis and Rothschild families had houses here. And for all of you history buffs out there, for a while during the Second World War, the headquarters of the Gestapo could be found at number 72 Ave Foch.
It is definitely one of my favorite walking places…happy strolling and beware of extreme apartment envy!