on February 28, 2001
I combined these two Paris attractions because we experienced them essentially at the same time. My guess is that the Champs Elysee used to flow through the Arc until modern day roads sprouted up. My brother took our life in his hands by driving through the traffic circle around the Arc then darting through to the other side of Champs Elysee. At the moment it reminded me of a go-kart ride I once experienced as a kid. Cars (little ones) were all around, always approaching our car's trajectory, leaving little room for error. I couldn't stop thinking that I'd be the first to go, since I was on the passenger side as cars merged onto the traffic circle. We found a metered parking spot off the main Champs Elysee and strolled down the promenade up to the Arc. I found out that there is a great photo op from atop the Arc. One of the pictures here and one in the overview are from the top of this famous landmark. I also didn't know the flamed tomb of the unknown soldier was burning under the Arc continuously. Plan for long walking along the Champs Elysee promenade along either side of the avenue and bring comfortable shoes. My wife was admonishing herself for that oversight. This is definitely the fashion capital of the world and its right here on this avenue. The avenue is lined with designer clothing boutiques. Great for window shoppers, although we saw quite a few tourists carrying bags with designer names on them.
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