Paris : Arc de Triomphe

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The next morning, it was time for the next Parisien icon. The Arc de Triomphe. Waking up was a war between mind and body. The cool summer nights and the beds were beckoning the body but the mind was saying to maximize the day and head out to visit places.

Leaving the hotel after a good night’s sleep, there was some need for breakfast.

French coffee.

Some kind of pastry that looks like a pizza. There is tomatoes, fried egg  and cheese.

French toast? Cheese on toast and eggs.

It was off to the city after a hearty breakfast.

Take a metro to Charles de Gaulle – Étoile. There is a Metro station as well as a connector to the RER service. This location is also the place where you can get feeder buses to Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport.

There is an underpass for you to reach the base of the Arc de Triomphe. No way are you allowed to cross the road.

Ready? Let’s go.

The sheer size of the Arc de Triomphe will amaze you. In pictures, it looks small and it is only when you view it with your own eyes, that you notice its sheer grandeur and size.

There is a flame kept lit for the memorial.

With a Visite Pass, you can bypass the long queue. You need to go thru security and then if is a long walk up the circular stairs.

Up you go, climbing higher.

This is the indoor gallery. There is also a gift shop. Do stay a while to enjoy the cool air-conditioning.

The open air roof top is controlled so as to not be over crowded. Take your time and take as many pictures as you can. You get a 360 degree view of Paris.

You can see La Defense and The Grand Arch. On the right is Tour Montparnasse.

A small spec on the horizon, raised on the right is Sacre Couer.

I never knew we could go up the Arc De Triomphe. It was indeed a good surprise. Another icon of Paris photographed and locked in memory. It was another awesome Parisien day.

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