Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Favorite thing: Yes, there is an elevator and we used it with our toddler in the stroller. It will only take you to the museum and the (small) gift store. You'll have to walk about 2 more flight of stairs to get to the top for the wonderful view. The elevator is reserved for stroller, elderly, and wheelchairs.
Favorite thing: Did you know that there is not only one Arc the Triomphe in Paris. There are three. Beginning with the Arc du Carroussel in the gardens of the Louvre-museum. This is the smallest of all. The famous Arc de Triomphe on Place de l´Étoile fits exactly over the Arc du Carroussel. And the biggest Grande Arche, of La Défense fits perfectly over the Arc de Triomphe. Find out your self!
There is always something to do in Paris: the museums, the sites, or just plain walking around!
Probably my most favorite thing about Paris is just the energy that the city gives off. You can feel it all around you, night and day! Not many cities in the world can claim to grab you when you get there and pull you in so quickly and not let you go!!
Fondest memory: I wouldn't call it my fondest memory, but if you go see the arch, forget finding that tunnel that will get you out there safely! Just run across the street!! It just seems to make it a little more adventurous that way, and another memory that you can pack away in your vacation file!!
There are a lot of landmarks & must-see- places in Paris a visitor shouldn´t miss, particularly if it's your first time there. Some may say that there's more to a city than its landmarks and I agree with that, but who does not feel in paradise when seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time?
Fondest memory: Paris turned out to be a surprise for me --coming from London-- I thought I'd seen everything I wanted to, my trip could have ended there & I wouln't have complained. But when I discovered that Paris was such an amazing city, I tried to enjoy it as much as I could...and it caught me forever...
Favorite thing: Such a lovely experience when you go to the platform at the top of the Arc de Triomphe for some grand views of Paris. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is the largest triumphal arch in the world. it's on high ground at the center of the star (etoile) formed by 12 avenues radiating out from a ring road around the Arc.
I like to see the major tourist attractions.
Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon, shortly after his victory at Austerlitz, it was not finished until 1836.
There are four huge relief sculptures at the bases of the four pillars.
Fondest memory: Every moment in Paris is memorable....too many to chose.
Favorite thing: After his greatest victory, the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, Napoleon promised his men they would "go home beneath triumphal arches". The first stone of what was to become the world's most famous triumphal arch was laid the following year.
visit tourist spots, have a general idea about this country... when you are at La Tour Eiffel, try to look at the mid-level of the tower and find the name of people who had contributed their efforts on this tower...
Fondest memory: arc de triomphe (triumph arch) on Sunday and Monday - whenever i am there, always flooded with people...
and the long street - avenue de champs-elysees, you can even spend half day there... :)
Raised over command of Napoleon Ier, the Arch of Triumph dominates the Avenue of the Champs-Elysees. Its construction began in 1806 and ended in 1836, 15 years after the Napoleon's death.-
Construída a pedido de Napoleón I, comenzó en 1806 y terminó en 1836, 15 años despúes de la muerte de Napoleón.
Fondest memory: Inside the Arch, a small museum documents its history and construction. The price of admission includes access to the top of the Arch. The perspective of The Louvre - Place de la Concorde, Les Champs Elisees, La Defense is superb. It's one of the most beautiful panorama of Paris.-
Dentro del arco, un pequeño museo documenta su construcción y su historia. El precio de la entrada incluye el acceso a la terraza del arco. La perspectiva del Louvre, la Place de la Concorde, los Campos Eliseos y la Defense desde allí, es excelente.-
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built between 1806 and 1808 by Napoleon I.
This Arc is located in the Place du Carrousel on the site of the former Tuileries Palace (near by Louvre).
The Arc is richly decorated in rose marble on the columns and the front paneling.
It is composed of threes arches, a big one and two smaller ones. The arc is 63 feet high, 75 feet wide, and 24 feet deep.
Fondest memory: The bronze horses on top of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel were taken from Saint-Marc of Venice. These were later returned after World War II.
I highly recommend saving seeing one of the landmarks to do at night - you get a whole different view of the town at night. We decided to see the Arc de Triomphe on our first night in town and were glad we did that. I also loved Notre Dame - my favourite cathedral that I visited in Europe (and there is no shortage of them!).
Fondest memory: The food. Oh the food.....hmmmm
Eating creme brulee in a nice little restaurant on the Champs-Elysees, looking out at the Arc de Triomphe. I don't think you can get any more stereotypically French than that...
Also enjoyed when the shuttle bus driver asked me if I was Parisienne, which I took to be a great compliment for an Anglophone. Now, granted, he was Nigerian and probably not the best judge of my accent, but still... ;-)
The Arc de Triomphe is reached via a tunnel from the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Here, you see lots of sculpted decorations & statues which glorify Napoleon's victories.
This is my friend Jenny & me in front of the statues glorifying Napoleon's Triumph after the Peace of 1810.
You'd have thought it was our glory, won't you? :-)))
Well, everyone has seen this one before, right?
Who hasn't? :-)
ARC DE TRIOMPHE: Situated at the hub of Haussmann's web of 12 avenues & is the ultimate symbol of Napoleon's military pretensions and might.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821): His 14-year reign (1800-1814) changed the Parisian skyline and his military campaigns made Paris capital of the greatest European empire since Charlemagne.
Read up on your history!
1806: Napoleon ordered the construction of this triumphal arch in honor of his glorious armies after the Battle of the Three Emperors at Austerlitz.
Architect: Jean-Francois Chalgrin (1739-1811).
1836: Completion of Arch.
1840: Napoleon's mortal remains brought home through the completed Arc de Triomphe.
1885: Hearse bearing Victor Hugo's coffin stood beneath the arch for 2 full days.
1921: An unknown French soldier (symbolising the 1,390,000 who perished during World War I) laid to rest beneath the arch.
Fondest memory: Not a fond memory... more somber than anything.
The Tombeau du Soldat Inconnu (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier): 1st memorial of its kind in the world.