Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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    Paris - Arc du Triomphe
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    A provocation

    by solopes Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Paris - Arc du Triomphe

    Fondest memory: Standing below the arch I was reading the many names of the battles won by Napoleon's soldiers when I had a surprise: OPORTO.

    This means our Porto, a city that calls herself "invicta" and that means never defeated. Where is the truth? I must go back to history and read it more carefully!

    I did it:

    In 1809, March 29th, the army of General Soult entered Porto without any significant military opposition, and attacked the civil population. Trying to escape to the southern bank of Douro river, people used a precarious bridge made by boats that collapsed, killing more than 4000 civilians.

    Less than one month later, Portuguese and English armies fought back the French, that where obliged to live Porto forever.

    Everything gets explained: in Paris it's celebrated March 1809. In Porto they celebrate from April till now. Everybody gets happy, and I celebrate the pretexts to build monuments like this one.

    (I think that there's an arch missing in Porto)

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    Take in the view!

    by jrs1234 Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    La Defense from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

    Favorite thing: There are many spectacular viewpoints all over Paris. This particular one is a place I definitely recommend - the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

    The view in the picture is the one looking towards La Defense - with the "Grand Arche" in the distant centre. From the Arc de Triomphe the road system fans out like spokes in a wheel - making you feel right at the centre of things. You also are right in the line of the many monuments that run all the way from the Louvre to La Defense.

    Other great views can be found at Sacre-Cour, from the top floors of the major department stores (for free) and from the Eiffel Tower and the top of Notre Dame (both of which you have to pay for.

    Getting to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is 7 euros for adults (free if you've already got a museum card). It's open daily except public holidays from 10am until 11pm (10.30pm in winter). I've only tried the daytime view so far - given the great lighting of Paris after dark, I should give the nightime a go on my next trip...

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    The Arc de Triomphe

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    The Arc de Triomphe at sunset

    Favorite thing: The Arc de Triomphe on a closer view when the sun was setting as I approached the lively area of the Champs Elysees....

    There are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from in this zone... most are expensive but you can find some bargains too ;)

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    see the Triumph Arc !!! It's...

    by Vicbluejewel Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see the Triumph Arc !!! It's the most beautiful monument in the world I think !!!

    Then if you like Architecture, you have to stop by the Cathedrale of Notre-Dame !!!

    Fondest memory: Riverwalk of the Seine, Promenade in Montmartre. Top of the Eiffel Tower, Triumph Arc, Grande Arche, Montparnasse Tower, The Champs Elysées and Pigalle by night...

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    Arch de Triumph is a few...

    by la_beba Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Arch de Triumph is a few kilometers northwest of the Obelisk on the grand boulevard of Avenue Des Champs Elysees. The world's largest triumphal arch and an international symbol of France, this 50-meter-high giant was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon in honor of his Grande Armée. The monument was completed in 1836, 21 years after the army's defeat. Twelve avenues radiate from the arch which explains why it is also called place de l'Etoile (etoile = 'star'). The tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies beneath.

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    Thanks to Julius Caesar's...

    by l_joo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Thanks to Julius Caesar's Roman army again for conquering Paris in year 55bc. Paris at that time was just a small fishing village on the Ile de la Cite, inhabited by Parisii tribes. The Roman settled down near the left bank of the river Seine. The Franks later named it Paris. In the middle ages, this city became a religious centre and a place or learning. After the renaissance, Paris changed from religious to a centre of culture, ideas and powerful city under Louis XIV. 1789 the revolution begian. Mr. Napoleon rule and claimed hinself Emperor of France. After 1848, the city change again into Baron Hausmann's grand urban scheme then in year 1920-40s this city became the happiest playground of artist, writers, musicians and film-makers. Photo above is the Arc de Triumph. Because of Mr.Napoleon's greatest fighting vistory of Austerlitz in 1805, he told Parisians something like this 'You shall go home underneath triumphal arches'. This big stone was surrounded by 12 avenues in a ridiation form, anyway a good visit.

    Fondest memory: About Arc de Triumph. They say this is some kind of victorius door arch also how great it was as something like world wonder, but to me it looks like a big bulky rock in Paris, right in the middle of streets, causing traffic jams, strange? lol. The area around the Champs-Élysées was originally marshland and fields, nearly four hundred years ago. The architect Le Nôtre built the predecessor of the current avenue about a hundred years later, and it became Elysian Fields,Champs Élysées in French. Hundreds of tourists came here to see this traffic jam daily with full body sweat squeezing among crowds just for the purpose.

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    ARC DU TRIOMPHE>BR>Metro:...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: ARC DU TRIOMPHE>BR>
    Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile / RER: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile / Bus: 73
    Once you are in L'Etoile Square, don't try to reach the arc crossing the street: the Arch is most easily (and safely) reached by tunnel from the north side of the Champs Elysées.
    The arch itself is wonderfully decorated, but what I enjoyed most was the views from the roof. Looking eastwards, down the Champs Elysées, toward the Louvre, there is the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. In the opposite direction - westwards - in the distance is its larger and newer cousin, La Grande Arche de la Défense.

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    go to L'Arc De Triomphe. It...

    by KiNyA Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to L'Arc De Triomphe.
    It is conserated to victory of Napoleon's military. It was finnished in 1836. It's located in the upper end of Avenue des Champs-Elysees.

    Fondest memory: is La Tour Eiffel.
    With its 307 meters it's one of Parises most famous things. You can drive up with lift adn then have awsome view to Paris with environts. Highly recommented to visit.

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    I love , love , love the Arc...

    by stopatnothin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I love , love , love the Arc de Triomphe . completed in 1836 this piece was intended to be Napolean's tribute to his army ( what a nice guy huh ? ) . underneath lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War 1 ( kind of spooky ) . why not take a climb up the spiral staircase ( faster than any elevator anyway ) and observe views from the 164 foot roof .

    Fondest memory: I don't exactly know what it is about THE ARC that draws me to it but I guess once you personally experience it , maybe you will understand what I mean .

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    see The Arc De Triomphe,...

    by steventilly Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see The Arc De Triomphe, another of Paris' most famous landmarks and one of the worlds busiest traffic islands!
    It's great fun to go stand in the middle of the Arc De Triomphe and just watch the traffic. It's unbeliveable how they don't crash into each other, but somehow they don't!

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    Climb the stairs to the...

    by lukec Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Climb the stairs to the viewing platform at the top of Arc de Triomphe. You'll have a great view of the main Parisian avenues that meet here. Don't forget to see the crazy traffic down below!

    Fondest memory: The thing I remember really well is the bus drive to this big city from Charles de Gaulle airport. We drove through the confuzing maze of streets, and I was like a big kid in a new store, watching my unfamiliar surroundings and hoping to catch a glimpse of one of city's distinctive and world famous landmarks - perhaps the Eiffel Tower, maybe the Louvre or Notre Dame, who knows. Nothing of that happened and the suspense was to last right up to the point where the bus dropped us - just a stone drop away from the Charles de Gaulle - Etoile square. When the bus drove away and Irena and I turned around, my jaw bones dropped in exhilleration. In front of us stood the fabulous Arc de Triopmhe of Paris, lit in the evening sunlight. The scene was magnificent, without a cloud in the sky and for a few moments we just stopped there and watched. I was really impressed by the size of this thing! It looks much much bigger in reality than on postcards (I think it's about 50m high). And so Arc de Triomphe became our first real encounter with Paris and set the stage for an enjoyable week in Paris, one I'll always remember.

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    Trudge to the top of the Arc...

    by freemrkt Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Trudge to the top of the Arc de Triumph; beautiful view of the Champs Elysees Blvd. OR, go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

    Fondest memory: Sitting at a cafe on the Champs Elysees (I probably spelled it wrong)...a block from the Arc de Triumphe...guzzling HUGE mugs of beer...watching the gorgeous people stream by at all hours of the day.

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    From the Place de la Concorde...

    by benzerga Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: From the Place de la Concorde all the way to the top of the Champs-Elysees, you will discover the Place de l'Etoile which is known today as the Place Charles de Gaulle. And, at this busy Place lies the Arc de Triomphe

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    visit the Arc de Triomphe -...

    by zys1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit the Arc de Triomphe - located at the tip of Champs Elysees Boulevard where 12 avenues converge. Do take the elevators up to the roof top where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Paris!

    Napolean had a great plan only 15 years in power, this came to fruition after his death, what an amazing feat of architecture.

    Fondest memory: I breathe the Romantic Air on the top of Eiffel Tower,
    Look down the whole Romantic city,
    Paris was a dream come true for me... ...

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    Visit the Truimph Arch during...

    by sheryl_tan Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Truimph Arch during the day and at night.

    Fondest memory: Located at the end of the avenue des Champs-Elysees, the beauiful arch is Napoleon's monument to his long-suffering troops, and symbolises freedom for the French. The arch also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with its Flame of Remembrance. Catch the moving ceremony conducted every evening at 6.30Pm when the flame is rekindled in commemoration of the millions who died on the battlefields.

    From the viewing platform on top of the Arch, you will be able to see the 12 avenues radiating from the Arch. This explains why it is also called place de l'Etoile, where Etoile means star in English.

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