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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe


Taking a walk down the city's most famous avenue (the Champs Elysees) to Napoleon's most notable legacy to Paris (the Arc de Triomphe) is a grand walk for anyone visiting the city. Unfortunately, the cobblestones and click clacks of horse drawn carriages have been replaced by screeching cars and a line of chain restaurants along the Champs Elysees. Nevertheless, this famous street which extends from the Jardin de Tuileries to the Arc de Triomphe is worth a walk. The colossal arch itself was planned by Napoleon to commemorate all of his military successes (the names of generals are carved in the top and inside of the arch) and was completed in 1836. The arch stands a whopping 164 feet tall and holds the tomb of France's unknown soldier from WWI. You can access the arch via an underground passage and then climb to the platform via 284 steps or take a lift (and a few steps too).

25 comments:

  1. this is great man..very nice

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  2. I went there last year as well, it's a fantastic place. You see it all the time in movies and books but great to see it in the flesh

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  3. that would be a wonderful place to visit

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  4. iwanna get in a car and speed thu it real quick , what was that off of >.>?

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  5. I love the pics man. Thanks.

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  6. great stuff, hope you had a good time :)

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  7. Kewl story, bro! waiting for updates from you

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  8. When I went in this during my trip to paris, I saw little children talking in french- they kept saying Wee and I almost died. They were so cute saying wee lol

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  9. Did you climb it? The view is awesome up there.

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  10. in europe every city is have that kind of gates what is it?

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  11. Definitely one of the more beautiful sites out there.

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