There are two Arc de Triomphes in Paris. The famous one stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, the other one, half the size and seen here, stands directly between the Louvre museum and the Tuileries Gardens. It is called the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. What is so awesome about this is that it stands at the beginning of the “Axe Historique” (historical axis), a line of monuments, buildings and thoroughfares that extends from the center of Paris to the West.
In fact, you can see it on this picture.
If you look through the arch, you can see the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde. Behind that the Arc de Triomphe and those tall buildings in the background is La Defense, the business district of Paris. You are looking right through the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysees. One straight line. It is about 5 miles long. Cool.
This shot was taken at about 6am on a weekday. You can tell because there are no people. During the day, there are hundreds of people here and on the weekends, the place is positively swarming.