On our first morning in Paris our plan was to start at the Arc de Triomphe and pick up our Paris Visite 4-day pass. Unfortunately that day was the chosen day of a single day transit strike within the city which shut down much of the city's transportation and many of its government offices and building, including the Arc de Triomphe. So we got to see the Arc that day but not go up in it. On our last day in Paris, when we had some extra time, Darren mentioned going back to it but my feet hurt so much by that point that I couldn't fathom climbing the 284 steps to the top!
The Arc de Triomphe is monument at the western end of the Champs-Elysees. The arch honors those who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars with their names inscribed inside. Underneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
The frieze on the top of the Arc.
Darren and I in front of the Arc.
The view from the Arc down the Champs-Elysees.