The Arc de Triomphe

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The last time Nick and I were here in 2009 with Trisha and Nate, we did not get a chance to take a closer look at the Arc de Triomphe.  I think we were all a little perplexed with the hub of traffic chaos in the square that might get us all killed.  Of course there is another way to get across all in one piece.  You have to go underground, so Nick and I did just that.

Just a quick history recap about the Arc de Triomphe, if you don’t already know…This amazing monument is a Roman triumphal arch that was commissioned by Napolean in 1806.  It was dedicated to the French army, and underneath it is the tomb of the unknown soldier.  This happens to big the biggest triumphal arch in the whole world, at 161 ft. high and 144 ft. wide.

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The staircase we climbed to get to the top.Image

A cool statue inside the arch.

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Views from the top.

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Montmartre in the background.

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The chaos below.  Twelve streets connect at this traffic circle.  Try to cross here, and you will meet your end!

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This flame burns 24/7 all year round for the unknown soldier.Image

Despite it being cold up top with the breezy wind, we definitely had a good time.  I would recommend seeing this if you haven’t already.  Let me know how you like it if you do!

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2 thoughts on “The Arc de Triomphe

  1. OMG So at the square with all those cars, is there a center line diving traffic in each direction or is it a free for all?? It looks scary!

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