At Arc de Triomphe in Paris, all twelve avenues meet here. And they’re all straight streets that you could easily follow to the end of nowhere. From the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, the avenues spread out like tentacles of an octopus.
When you’re standing from the top of this monstrous monument, you’ll see the City of Lights in a different view. Eiffel Tower looks like a miniature souvenir that you can buy in every small shops around the area.
Arc de Triomphe is a memorial monument to honour those who died during the Napoleon Wars. It has become a symbol of national patriotism.
Beneath the arches is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the walls, you can find the names of the wars and generals in command.
Until today, people who visit the site still bring flowers and lay them down on the tomb.
The tiny memorial flame has never been extinguished since 1923.
Carved sculptures are visible on the exterior walls of the monuments.
They’re all group statues and the most celebrated of all is the work of Francois Rude, La Marseillaise. (Photo below, first on the left.)
The Roman Arch of Titus in Rome is the inspiration of this monument ordered to be built by Napoleon in 1806.
For a fee, visitors can climb to the top of Arc de Triomphe. There’s also a little museum with nothing much to see but the view from up there is incredible.
There are a dozen cafes and grocery shops in the area and the hostel itself has its own bar by the entrance. It’s less than 5 minutes walk to Gare du Nord Subway with different connections to the city. It’s really accessible to anywhere you go in the city. It’s also less than 10 minutes walk to Paris East Station where there’s a train that goes to Luxembourg.
Money-Saving Tip in Paris
What can I say about Paris? It’s anyone’s dream destination – blame it to those romantic movies and stories we’ve seen and read. It’s a big city and the world’s number 1 tourist destination. So, grab your Paris Pass – not just to save money but to maximize the attractions you shouldn’t miss.
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