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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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It's a trek to the top, but the view from the Arc de Triomphe is ten times better than that from its more famous cousin, the Tour Eiffel... and even better, it's free!

The Arc de Triomphe is located right in the middle of the famous Champs Elysees, and the huge boulevards jet out in a star from the Arc. From the top, you can see the effects of the amazing city planning that happened during the Haussmanization in the 19th century.

The only problem is that while you can take an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe offers only stairs... more than 200 of them! It's not terribly difficult, though, if you go slowly, and once you get back down, you can reward yourself with a huge cafe creme and a French pastry! [more ]

Roundabout de Triomphe

I always think a trip to Arc de Triomphe is worth it just to check out the manic driving. With seven lanes, but no lane markings you can see some of the world's most creative driving at this famous monument. But the best views are from the top, where the views over Paris surpass those from the Eiffel Tower. It's a long walk up, but it is definitely worth it. [more ]

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe is one of the symbols of Paris - an enormous white arc built in the middle of the greatest roundabout I have ever seen to commemorate the victories of the French empire. It was a big project started by Napoleon I but finished by the Bourbons. The view to the arc is really magnifficent. You can go to the top for a (relatively) small entrance fee. The view is good, but in Paris there are at least two other places with much better viewing. So I recommend visiting it during the early night hours just before its closing time, because then you can see the Light show on the Eifel tower in all its magnificence. [more ]

View from the Arc de Triomphe

Although it will cost you both Euros and energy, the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe is well worth the 9 Euros and the 100 stairs it takes to reach the top. While far more tourists take in the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the view from the Arc de Triomphe is far better, since it is closer to the centre of the city and therefore offers a closer view of the most famous sights, including Sacre Couer, Notre Dame, the Place du Concorde, and la Tour Eiffel itself. It also has the advantage of being far less crowded at the top, since there are no elevators available and not everyone can be persuaded to climb the stairs. Although you are forbidden to sunbathe or picnic on the top (one wonders how many people tried this before they finally put up a sign prohibiting it; 9 Euros seems steep for a place to soak up rays!), it can still be a rewarding experience. [more ]

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of my top three favourite sights in Paris. The first is the Basilica de Sacre Coeur, the second is the Eiffel Tower and then there's the Triumphal Arch that's found practically at the heart of Paris in the Place de Charles de Gaulle. It's essentially a traffic circle when you get right down to it. Twelve streets converge on the same spot, so make sure that you take the underground walkways to get to the arc - do not try and beat the traffic!

Beneath the Arc de Triomphe is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. At night, the arc is light up and it makes for a great photo, particularly if you are standing down the Champs-Élysées a bit.

I was unable to go up into the arch because we ran out of time, but I've heard that the views are amazing. You can climb the stairs or get an elevator. [more ]

Arc de Triomphe

One of the first things I saw when arriving in Paris besides the planes and the oh-so-lovely airport was the Arc de Triomphe. Standing at a whopping fifty meters high, the Arc de Triomphe is indeed massive, though incredibly beautiful at the same time.

My (French) husband told me about its history and its relation to Emporer Napoleon, who had the landmark raised in order to commemorate France's military prowess, but I have to admit that I wasn't all too interested in the history behind it at first because once you see it, you're awe-stricken.

You can either take an elevator or the stairs to the very tip-top part of the Arc de Triomphe if you like, and you'll get a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower from the observation deck. It was a magnificent experience of a lifetime. [more ]

The Arc de Triomphe up close.

Although the Arc de Triomphe always looks nice as a backdrop photo opportunity, I wanted to get up close and personal with this famous French icon. I approached the Arc de Triomphe from the Champs Elyse direction, and found it impossible to try to cross any of the roads that surround it. However there is a pedestrian subway that leads directly to the large traffic island that holds the huge arch. Once there I was able to look at the architecture much more closely and it is clear to see that this is a building that is as beautiful up close as it is from afar. There are also lifts that can take you to the roof of the Arc de Triomphe but these were quite busy and I was very content just to walk around the base of the building. [more ]

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