Triumphantly Conquering the Arc in Paris, France

Thanks to Paris je t’aime for this adventure that made us exclaim Ooh la la! As always, all opinions are our own.

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Next to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe may be the most recognizable monument in Paris

Next to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe must be the most recognizable monument in Paris.

Built in 1806 by Emperor Napoleon to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz, the massive arch has gained significance as a memorial for all of the wars since that time and houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


 

We headed back to the Underground, hoping to make it to the Arc in time for a sunset climb to the top.

The Charles de Gaulle metro stop put us outside of the insane traffic clogging the roundabout that encircles the arch, making it look as though it might be impossible to get to.

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Crazy traffic around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The tunnel under the street to the Arc de Triomphe

Luckily, there is a tunnel underneath the street that made passage possible without risking our lives, and we exited the tunnel just in time to see the changing of the guard at the tomb.

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc of Triomphe in Paris, France

The tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris

Under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Impressive as the perspective was from the ground, we were more excited to enter the Arc and climb to the top for an ultimate view of the city.

A few hundred steps later and a full 360 degree panorama of Paris spread out before us just as darkness was falling.

The stairs up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower from the top of the the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

 

The vantage point was unbeatable, not only for photographing Gustave Eiffel's handiwork, but observing the continuous chaos on the roads below.

A dozen roads converge at the circle, making the flow of vehicles look as if it was a living organism coursing through the arteries of the city.

For a final treat before we descended, the moon peeked out of the clouds just as the twinkling lights came to life on the Tour Eiffel.

 

See our antics at the Eiffel Tower and learn a few things about her that you didn't know!

 

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Thanks to Paris je t’aime and Hotel Vic Eiffel for this adventure that made us exclaim Ooh la la! As always, all opinions are our own.Fun poses with the Eiffel Tower! GypsyNester.com

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