on September 6, 2005
The Arc de Triomphe is another one of those things in Paris that you have to see. Situated at the end of the Champs Elysee, the Arc is surrounded by eight rows of circular traffic, and they aren't that friendly towards pedestrians. Luckily, there are tunnels that go under the streets that allow for a safe passage to the Arc. There you see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and you can ride the elevator or take the stairs (ugh, too many stairs in this city) to the 'observation deck' on top (oddly enough, I didn't even know you could go to the top of the thing). You get a great view of the city, and it's incredible. The Arc gives a spectacular view of the Champs Elysee, the widest street in Europe. You can see for miles and it provides a magnificent aspect of the city.
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