The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower of course. Standing at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
One of the landmarks I really wanted to see while in France, after we fought the worst crowds of our trip I really could have skipped it. Of course if we had, I wouldn't have gotten all these cool pictures would I?
One of the most recognizable views in the world?
The thebetter_half had just returned from Paris when we ran into a week or so ago and he told us how he and winemedineme stayed at a hotel near La tour Maine-Montparnasse and it is reputed to be one of the ugliest building in the world. I hadn't heard of it before but I figured I had a picture of it somewhere. The black monalith to the left is La tour Maine-Montparnasse, not horrible in this view. thebetter_half said the top of La tour has the best view in Paris because you can't see La tour from there.
mere hours later, we'd be sitting on that hill under the Sacré-Coeur watching the sunset on Paris and drinking and smoking with 100,000 new Parisian friends.
La Defense, the business district. that name goes round and round my tongue. La Defense, La Defense