Arc de Triomphe

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by VictoriaLevy on August 3, 2005

Please listen to us and do not go to the Arc de Triomphe or the Champs Elysees. There is no good reason to go there unless you want to feel exactly as if you are in the middle of the Midwestern US. It’s ALL tourists. Everything is crowded, tacky, overpriced, and awful. We went because I felt like I had to see it just to say that I did, but it was the worst part of our trip and made both of us very crabby. It was like Times Square - big, overdone, commercialized, and all-around bad. No self-respecting French person would ever go here.

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.

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France, 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

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