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Place Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris, France
  • We had also read that there was an amazing photo opportunity from the terrace, where you can see all of Paris in a panoramic view
  • I found the history interesting, and although there is a bit of jostling to get to the observation area, it is well worth it
  • The pictures turn out brilliantly, and my only regret was that we didn’t come back in the dark, because the city lit up at night would be a truly magnificent photograph

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      When I was in Paris, we timed our visit to the city’s symbolic and famous Arc de Triomphe so that we could walk along the Champs-Elysees and end up at the Arc, which is located at the very end of the huge street. We had also read that there was an amazing photo opportunity from the terrace, where you can see all of Paris in a panoramic view. From our readings of the landmarks in Paris, we discovered that the Unknown Soldier is buried under the arc in 1921 and a flame is lit in memory of this every each day. I had seen many pictures of the arc, and as we walked along the Champs-Elysees toward it, I was quite shocked to see how

      big it is in real life. As we got closer, the crowds also became apparent, as this is a huge attraction for tourists to Paris.

      Wandering around the area, without going inside, is free, and open to the public. I was able to look at the information plaques and statues at my leisure, as well as the intricately carved statues, although they are not easy to see from this level. You can see the names of honoured war generals from all of the wars, as well as get fairly close to the eternal flame. To get past the first level, you must purchase a ticket, which was 9 euro for adults, and there was a long lineup to get tickets. The line moved quickly however, so ...


      • it didn’t take long until we were climbing 250 or so stairs to get to the next level. Inside at this level, there is a small museum where you can get a great view of the statues and see an exhibition of the history of the arc is shown on screens. But the main reason to pay the fee is to get the view of Paris for that great picture. It is worth going up even just for this, but also to understand how significant this arc is. I found the history interesting, and although there is a bit of jostling to get to the observation area, it is well worth it. Paris can be viewed and you can see all of the landmarks, such
        as the obelisk, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River. The pictures turn out brilliantly, and my only regret was that we didn’t come back in the dark, because the city lit up at night would be a truly magnificent photograph.

        Arc de Triomphe is a must-see in Paris, not just for the site itself, but for the views from the top. The hours are: April-September 10am-11pm and October-March 10am-10:30pm. The rates are 9 euro per adult and children under 18 are free. To get there, if you are on foot, simply walk up Champs-Elysees until you get there. For the Metro, lines 1, 2 and 6 stop at station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile, and bus lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73 and 92 also stop at this station.




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