The Grand Entrance of Paris – Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe was the first sightseeing spot we went in our 1st full day in Paris. We took the metro near to our hotel straight to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile station which closest to Arc de Triomphe. Paris Metro is notoriously famous for pick pockets and theft hence we were extra careful on the metro ride. Anyway we made it to our destination without any incident and was greeted by the magnificent view of the majestic Arc de Triomphe right in front of us when we stepped out from the metro station.
The Arc de Triomphe was built to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. It also has a vault, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I lying beneath the arc. Completed in 1836 and older than the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe is definitely top landmarks in Paris. You can actually go up to the top of it by paying €8 (adult price) and climb the 40 steps after the lift up to the attic, where you could enjoy the panoramic view of Paris. My sister and I didn’t go up there as there were too much crowd and we were happy just admiring this arc from afar….
Have you been up to the Arc de Triomphe?
|The pride of Paris
|Trying to look fabulous in Paris
|From another angle