Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysées, Paris, France
The Concorde Egyptian obelisk.
There are a few stunning flagship shops but plenty of downmarket places too. Big Macs have a site near the Arc. Peugeot cars, Yes! Concept cars! Mercedes, No, boring!
Not our idea of a good time but evenings are busy in cafés and restaurants along here.
Tourists leaving the Arc de Triomphe.
Crossing the eternally busy junction of 12 roads is easy via a subway (underpass) but there are those who like to challenge the French drivers by doing a runner.
Lining up to ascend the Arc de Triomphe, with La Defense visible in the background.
The Arc de Triomphe is a grand sight, built in 1836 to celebrate Napoleon’s victories, particularly the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. The Arc epitomises French dedication to La Gloire. The lines to get up to the viewing platform on top are also grand but less glorious.
Evenings up to 11 pm at the Arc are much less busy – but anyway still use your Museum Pass to jump the queue!
Opening times: April – September, 10am to 11pm (but entry closes half an hour before). October – March 10am to 10. 30pm.