on February 13, 2007
Both Ruud and I had already been to the top of the Eiffel Tower on previous trips to Paris, so this time we decided to ascend the Arc de Triomphe. It was an excellent choice. The views of Paris were every bit as lovely as they are from atop the Eiffel Tower, and getting to the top of the Arc is a less expensive process.There are lots of spiral steps to climb, so if you have any health conditions you might want to be aware of that before you buy your ticket. Once on the top, you can check out les Champs-Elysees, the crazy traffic, and the Eiffel Tower.Back on the ground, you can see the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.If you've never done the Eiffel Tower thing and you're only planning to climb one monument, do the Eiffel Tower thing just because, well, you're in Paris, and it's the Eiffel Tower. But if you're really watching your wallet, know that a trip to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is every bit as rewarding.
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