The Arc de Triomphe

At the end of the Champs Elysees stands the famous Arch de Triomphe. This triumphal arch honors those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the Tomb_of_the_unknown_soldier from World War I.

The Arc stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place l‘Etoile. It is a really large roundabout, with lots of traffic and no less than 12 major roads coming together. Trying to cross this roundabout would be madness so there are tunnels that take you from the sidewalks into the center of the roundabout.

It turned out that our Museum Pass provided entry into the Arc itself. This means you can climb this seemingly endless spiral staircase to the top (see below – hand held). I did not count the steps, but it took forever – believe me on this. The views are of course magnificent, but . . . . no tripods allowed! This makes it so much harder to get decent night shots.

The Arc is huge, so large in fact that in 1919, Charles Godefroy flew his bi-plane through it.



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