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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
August 3, 2005
If you won't heed our advice and you must go, whatever you do, do not eat anything here. The food is dreadful, and this is probably the only place where you will find the stereotypical rude French waiters. It is because they are tired of dealing with non-French-speaking, fanny-pack-toting, tourist-T-shirt-wearing tour groups from Minnesota all day. I would be rude, too. Please, jump right back on the Métro and get out of there. My advice is to go see the pretty Place de La Concorde and cross back over to the Left Bank as soon as you can.
From journal Victoria and Kelly Go to Paris
March 19, 2004
It's also a good way to get your bearings in the city/
From journal Paris in March
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 18, 2007
This arch lies at the centre of the east-west axis from Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to Grande Arche de la Defense. The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 but problems ensued and Napoleon's demise delayed its completion until 1836. The arch is 50m tall and is covered with bas-relief and statues depicting victories. High up is a row of shields which bare the names of victories that Napoleon had in Europe and Africa.
Napoleon after the victory in the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 had promised that his soldiers would return home under triumphal arches - but this was only realised after WW1. And then in 1920 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed at the base of the arch and also an eternal flame to commemorate the dead of both World Wars. This arch lies in the centre of a very busy roundabout, known originally as Place d'Etoile because there are 12 avenues radiating out from here, (though it is now Place Charles de Gaulle). To reach the arch safely there are several subways under the road. It costs about 8 euros to climb to the top of the arch - but there is a narrow stone staircase to climb. However, there are good 360 degree views around Paris but I think there are better views to be had.
There is a metro station here with 2 lines crossing here. The arc also lies at the top of the Champ Elysees, probable the city's most famous thoroughfare, and as such worth a walk down. The major detraction is that it is a busy road with a lot of noisy traffic. There are plenty of places to have a coffee and say that you did so, however its not exactly the most pleasant atmosphere - and the cheapest option is to do so with one of the fast food restaurant who do have canopied areas at the front.
From journal Exploring Paris
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
February 13, 2007
From journal My Own Little Paris
August 14, 2006
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
by go cards
June 24, 2006
From journal Under the Sky
by Monique Witsel
March 29, 2006
From journal Montpellier, France: 10 weeks
September 6, 2005
From journal Paris, France
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