Paris from above

You might have thought that this is going to be the Eiffel tower post. But there is actually another kind of awesome place where you can see most of Paris from (including the ravishing Eiffel), which is the Arc de Triomphe. It is located at the western end of  the  Champs-Élyséesso it even comes with an amazing view upon the world-famous shopping street.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

I have to say our teachers did a great job on this visit. We climbed up the stairs while the sun was still up, and we actually got to see the sun set over Paris, and the lights lid up on every little street and building. I think it was an awesome experience, because we got to see how everything looks in both day and nighttime, so it was pretty unique.

view from the Arche while there was still some natural light

view from the Arche while there was still some natural light

darkness falls among the Champs-Élysées

darkness falls among the Champs-Élysées

Eiffel stands out in the darkness

Eiffel stands out in the darkness

As we were admiring the beautiful Eiffel tower in complete darkness, suddenly some small blue lights started to flicker, and it kept going for quite a while. We were a bit surprised as we weren’t expecting such a show. I don’t really now how the Eiffel looks like at night nowadays, but back in 2008, suddenly this happened:

light show on the Eiffel

light show on the Eiffel

After we watched the light show, we hurried down from the arc to continue our journey among the Parisian streets.

leaving the arch

leaving the arc

As we got down, we took a last glance at the majestic Arc de Triomphe, and decided it was a very good idea to climb all those stairs, because of the unequaled view it had to offer.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

If you want more information on how and when to visit, at what cost, check out their website here.

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