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March 19, 2004
It's also a good way to get your bearings in the city/
From journal Paris in March
January 16, 2004
The Arc is also decorated with the frieze around the top of the arc, several bas-reliefs and four high reliefs, each depicting high points in French history. Underneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Strolling down the Champs-Elysees is not much different than walking down Fifth Ave. in NYC or Michigan Ave. in Chicago. There are a lot of overpriced stores and heavy traffic down the road.
From journal Paris in November
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 20, 2003
From journal Paris layover - 12/7/02
by Wildcat Dianne
July 13, 2003
L'Arc de Triomphe was built c. 1806 by Napolean Bonaparte as a celebration for his victories in battle in Europe and North Africa. It is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world (North Korea has the tallest triumphal arch).
For a small fee, you can climb up the stairs in the arch to the top in order to see all of Paris. There is no elevator to the top, so if you are not in good shape, the long climb is not recommended. My classmates and I climbed up the l'Arc de Triomphe to be greeted by some of the most beautiful views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and other sights. After a few minutes of taking photos and soaking in the views, we went into the souvenir shop at the top of l'Arc and bought posters and other souvenirs and practiced our French for the first time.
L'Arc de Triomphe is located at one end of the Champs Elysses and 12 main streets of Paris radiate from it in an area known as L'Etoile (Star).
When you are on the ground of l'Arc de Triomphe, you can enjoy the huge sculptures and freizes that decorate l'Arc. Napolean wanted to go big and he did. After World War I, the French installed an eternal flame to honor the soldiers who fell in battle, and there is a monument honoring France's World War I unknown soldier. Every November 11, there is a ceremony of rememberance commemorating the end of World War I.
L'Arc de Triomphe is open daily for tourists and is less crowded than the Eiffel Tower. So if you want to see great views of Paris without the crowds, go up l'Arc de Triomphe.
From journal "La Ville Lumiere (The City of Lights)"
Cary, North Carolina
June 6, 2003
From journal Paris – La Vie En Rose
April 5, 2003
I was particularly seeking and found the name of Bernadotte, one of Napoleon's generals who married Desiree (great book), the poor thing who tried to commit suicide upon learning Napoleon was cheating on her for the attention of Josephine. The Bernadottes were delegated to rule Sweden and the story's public record. But the name surely is there.
There's a wonderful history inside this monument and a wonderful view of the local area from the top. There's no fear of heights here. It's just gorgeous.
This arch is very beautifully engraved and has a flame kindled to France's "unknown soldier" - a very wonderful commemorative military site along the Champs Elysees. There's so much more to this monument than people generally know and it had undergone restoration (commonly seen throughout the city) just prior to our visit, so it was in excellent condition. My childhood charm bracelet was full, but it had to make a place for a tiny silver memento of the Arc du Triomphe.
From journal Paris, here we come!
November 5, 2002
The Champs-Elysses is a shopper's paradise and also a nice walk for visitors. There are a lot of world-label shops and restaurants all along the street. Walking from the Arc, it is a straight walk all the way to the Obelisk and the Louvre. We munched on some Big Macs (our first beef in months) after a little shopping.
From journal Autumn Paris
March 1, 2002
I don't think a lot of people knew that you could actually climb it. I didn't even know until I got there.
I have to say it is definitely worth climbing the amount of steps to get up to the open air on the top. You get the most amazing view of Paris and it is just an amazing feeling being up so high and on such an important piece of history and architecture.
From journal Paris In The Summer
February 5, 2002
The arch was commissioned by Napolenon in 1806 to celebrate his victories of his army. The arch was not completed until 1836. By then Napoleon had suffered the famous loss at Waterloo, been deported and eventually died. What was left of him passed under the arch on the day he was brought from his grave on St. Helena to his tomb at the Hotel des Invalides. The names of generals who lead the french troops under Napoleon are engraved in the walls of the monument. Those underlined died in battle. Some of Frances proudest and most tragic moments are strongly connected to this place. The happiest moment must be in 1944 when Paris was liberated and the parade passed beneath it.
From the platform on top of the arch we got a very nice view over Champs-Elysees all the way down to the Louvre. Turning 180 degrees La Defense with the The Grand Arch appeared to us extending the straight line linking between the Louvre, Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel, place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, avenue de la Grande Armee and place du Porte Maillot. Admission to the top is 42FF. Rather pricey, but in my opinion well worth it.
From journal 48 hours in Paris
September 21, 2001
Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon shortly after his victory at Austerlitz (and dedicated to the glory of the Great Army), it was not finished until 1836. After the 1830 Revolution, king Louis-Phillipe dedicated the monument to the armies of the Revolution and of the Empire.
The day the Battle of Verdun commenced in 1916 the sword carried by the figure representing the Republic broke off. The figure was immediately hidden to conceal the accident to try to avoid any undesired associations or interpretations as a bad omen. Engraved around the top of the arch are the names of major victories won during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the eternal flame lay under the Arch.
The terrace (284 ... steps high) offers a unique panoramic view of Paris.
From journal Paris - first touch