The Arc de Triomphe…

Guten Tag…


So, to continue…


The next day dawned clear and sunny! 


We awoke early and walked to the little restaurant we had eaten dinner in the night before.  We ordered crepes and coffee for breakfast and it was fabulous!  


Then walked across the street to catch our bus.  We rode the bus to the Champs Elysees and walked along the most famous street in Paris toward the Arc de Triomphe.


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 It was a cold but pretty morning. 


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 And there was so much to see!


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 After a leisurely stroll we reached the top of the street! 



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And, of course, took pictures of us in front of the Arc.



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 We walked through the underground passage that takes you up to the base of the Arc and took pictures underneath it.


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 It is 50 meters high (165 feet) and 45 meters wide (148 feet)


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 There are 12 streets radiating out from the Arc.


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 It was commissioned in 1806 to celebrate the victories of the Great Army and was completed in 1836.



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 At it’s feet lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…  The tomb is inscribed with “Here lies a French soldier, who died for his country.”  The soldier was buried there in 1921.


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 Ryan and I standing under the Arc with our backs to the Champs Elysees and in the distance is the Grand Palace and the Obelisk. 


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 After taking our fill of pictures we hiked up the 284 stairs to the observation deck.


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 It was quite a relief to make it to the top at last!


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 This is the view down the Champs Elysees toward the Grand Palace from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.


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 My mom at the top!


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Dad and Ryan… 



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 One of the other avenues…


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 Ryan and I in front of the Eiffel Tower!


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 The Butte Montmartre and the Basilique du Sacre Coeur!


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 Ryan and I…


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The main street into downtown Paris! 


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 Dad with the Basilique in the background.


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 Mom and Dad…


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 The Eiffel Tower…


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 Another view… 


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 Me with the Basilique in the background.


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 The Parisian skyline.


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 Ryan and I…


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 After we hiked back down those 284 stairs we walked back along the Champs Elysees and found… EEEK… GASP!  A STARBUCKS!!!!! 


Here we are posing with our spoils!


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 Ah so good….


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 And after a lovely stroll with some Starbucks we moved on to the Eiffel Tower!


But I’ll save that for tomorrow…


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney

12 thoughts on “The Arc de Triomphe…

  1. Oh me too!  Me too!  It’s driving me crazy not knowing.
    I’m so completely jealous of your journeys.  Was you mom just beside herself?  I remember you saying that Paris was her dream.

  2. I was just thinking yesterday how much I wanted to bottle up a starbucks and send it to you in the mail. I wasn’t sure how I could do that, but I’m so glad you found one recently!

  3. The pictures are beautiful, I have always wanted to go to Europe and see the concentration camps. My Grandpa was in World War II and I have always been very interested in Europes history. Grandpa never said much about it. He had a great big book that was about World War II and if we asked about it he would just show us the pictures and descriptions in the book. I find it sad that that great generation is almost gone.
    Amy  

  4. Once again, such beautiful sights!  I just, shockingly enough, had my first Starbucks over the weekend.  It was very good, but we don’t have one near my house so I better not get hooked on it.  I can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures!

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