On Thursday morning, we decided to start our day by climbing to the top of the Arc de Triumphe - a lot of steps! Before I visited Paris, I never realised that the Arc de Triumphe was as HUGE as it is. Its enormous and the top bit is actually a huge room with a museum in it.
We had heard a fair few sirens whilst we were climbing the stairs, and once at the top noticed that a building appeared to be on fire on the Champs Elysee. I discovered that it was the wonderful emporium of Macaroons that is Lauderee. I think it looked worse than it actually was, but it got really smokey for a while, and we could have watched the chaotic traffic for hours as they closed, then opened, then closed again various roads around!
The young man commented that he liked the way that the Boulevards were tree lined, and I think they look their best at this time of year.
The stone work on the Arch is unbelievble.
Although built in Napoleonic times, there are many additions from more recent wars.
The carved statues on the side and inside the monument are massive and the detail on them is superb.
Like most things in Paris "spectacular" is not enough of a word.
It always makes me very sad when I see the everlasting flame of the unknown soldier. I believe that they hold a short service here every evening at around 6.30pm.