on March 5, 2011
We had a mission to visit the Eiffel Tour and then go to the Arc de Triomphe, which does make for a fair bit of walking but was worth it. I will say (if you did not read any other bits of my visit to France) that it was a rainy gray day. However, if you start at the Tour you can stroll across the bridge and up the Avenue d'Lena past many the Guimet Museum (Museum of Asian Art) and several embassies. It is a slight uphill walk, but the road is lined with trees and then when you reach the top the Arc suddenly appears in view - it was perfect. Now this is where the frogger comes into play – you can stand outside the road that circles the Arc and watch tourists dash across, weaving in and out of the steady stream of cars. While this is slightly amusing to watch (when no one gets hurt) it is not the technique recommended for reaching the Arc. There is an underground walkway with an entrance by the Avenue des Champs-Elyees and it brings you to the ticket counter if you want to go up in the Arc or you can just walk outside emerging in the center of the Arc. Once there, make sure that you walk around each of the sides have incredible sculptures and reliefs to look at. If you want to go up in the Arc keep in mind that the museum pass gives you free access, we unfortunately had used our two days up before we made it out. The poor weather seemed to reduce the number of people there and I don’t think that it changed the experience – so I would say if you end up with a rainy day it is something other than a museum to visit, after which you can escape from the rain in one of the numerous café’s that line the Champs-Elyees.
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