When people ask what my favorite part of my trip to Paris was, I tell them climbing to the top of L'Arc de Triomphe. And it wasn't the actual climb, it was being on top of L'Arc and the magnificent view and the experience, itself. My daughter was great on the trip to encourage me to do whatever I wanted to do. As we approached L'Arc, I exclaimed "there are people on top!" My daughter asked if I was going to to to the top and I said "oh, no." There was (of course,) a line. I think it was ten euros to purchase a ticket to climb. After a bit, I decided I was going to to to the top and it was an excellent decision. I climbed to the top tout seul. (All alone). It was, in my opinion, an outstanding evening, weather-wise. It was drizzly and dark, lots of dark clouds. I love weather like that. It suited me very well.
Not an ounce of L'Arc is spared of detail and sculpture. It is quite beautiful. The four main sculptures are at the base, one to each side and very elaborate and nearly terrifying. I walked about taking photos and at the top snapped photos looking up several of the twelve avenues that meet with L'Arc in the center.
|Le Depart de 1792- La Marseillaise|
|Look closely- you can see people on top.|
|La Paix de 1815|
|La Resistance de 1814|
|Le Triomphe de 1810|
|Facing Le Grande Arche de la Defense (La Grande Arche)|
|Perspective: La Tour Eiffel from L'Arc|
|Montmartre from L'Arc|
|Looking down from the top of the spiral staircase|
(my pink kicks).