Exploring the Arc de Triomphe

Initially commissioned by Napoleon, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument to those who fought for France.

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Arc de Triomphe at the Place de Charles de Gaulle

Here are a few things to check out what when visiting this beautiful site: Continue reading

Paris By Night From the Top of the Arc de Triomphe

One of my favorite ways to see Paris at night is from the top of the Arc de Triomphe but be sure to allow enough time to take in the magnificent 360 degree view of the city of lights…which is exactly what we didn’t do!

From The Paris Itinerary 2014: From the Arc de Triomphe at night.

From the Arc de Triomphe at night.

After spending a leisurely multi-hour dinner, we suddenly realized the top of the monument was closing soon! Luckily, we were dining close by. Continue reading

Travel Tip: Getting to the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the top sites to visit in Paris but actually getting to it can be tricky.

The monument is situated in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle which is a roundabout with twelve different avenues connecting to it. The traffic traveling around the roundabout is notorious! And actually quite fun to watch.

Underground walkway to the right of the Arc de Triomphe.

Underground walkway is to the right of the Arc de Triomphe.

With there being no crosswalks to the Arc de Triomphe, DO NOT TRY TO CROSS THE ROUNDABOUT TO THE ARC!  There is a safe way to get there… use the underground walkway. The entrance to the walkway is on the right side of the Champs Elysees if you are facing the monument with the Champs Elysees behind you.

It takes you under the roundabout and safely to the monument.

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

Travel Tip: Day 1 in Paris and What To Do With Jet lag

There is so much to see in Paris and no one wants to lose a minute of what the city has to offer due to jet lag.

Here is a suggestion to consider when planning your Paris itinerary: Take a stroll around the Champs Elysees.

The Paris Itinerary: Champs Elysees street sign

Champs Elysees street sign

Being a little over a mile from end to end, The Champs is an easy round trip walk and a good option for seeing some sights of the city while taking it easy on your body.  Start at one end exploring the Arc de Triomphe, then stroll down one side of the avenue before spending some time exploring the Place de la Concorde with the Luxor Obelisk and twin fountains. Then head back down the other side.

There are plenty of places to stop and eat along of the way, like Laduree’s, and lots of great people watching and window shopping.

The Paris Itinerary: Champs Elysee sidewalk

Champs Elysees sidewalk

If you find yourself with extra time, there are two great gardens to explore. The Jardins des Champs Elysees is along your way from the Arc de Triomphe  as you head to the Place de la Concorde. Check out the Grand and Petit Palais. The other garden is the Jardin des Tuileries. The west entrance is at the Place de la Concorde. Grab a free chair and soak in the fountains and sculptures.

At the end of the day, you will have experienced at least three iconic Parisian sites (Arc de Triomphe, The Champs Elysees and the Place de la Concorde) with minimal stress on your jet lagged body.

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly