We did not plan for Arc de Triomphe, but I guess the travel God did! We came to Porte maillot bus station where our Flix bus from Brussels dropped us. This was my first cross-country bus experience in Europe and it was nice. So we reached around 12 noon in Paris and did not know how to go to south, because both flight and train were hell expensive. So, as usual back to Bla bla car, and got one at 5.30 pm. Had ample time to roam around, and then discovered Arc is in walking distance. Actually, after visiting Paris 4 times, I do think most of the Paris can be walkable if you are not carrying heavy luggage. We had one large trolly though, but how could I possibly miss the ARC?
First, while K was busy with fixing the journey, I took my backpack and went to see the easy way to get to the Arc. N did not find 😦 Then K took the help of GPS (it works even offline ?!!) and got the direction. We decided to have the lunch first and then go for the day-light-adventure 😛
We had some chinese lunch (K is obsessed with spicy rice !!) and then while arguing about the route, a nice Indian gentleman helped us. Actually if you move little bit from Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, the big shopping mall in Porte maillot (where you can get to pee and browse internet for free :P) via Avenue de la Grande Armée, you can reach the Arc in 15 minutes.
We had a little bit of queue, but ultimately we got the ticket. It is 9.5 € per person. Then the lady in the ticket counter said we cannot go together as we had a big suitcase which cannot be taken above the monument, we must go one by one. ALAS ! I went first as I would take little time. Indeed, I was up there only for 20 minutes. Going up will take some time though. And, if you want to go smoothly, please do not carry anything except your water bottle and camera. Cardiac patients must be aware, I think it is quite stressful.
Once you reach up there, you will forget the hectic climb. It really offers a nice view. I think the funny thing in Paris that you can see almost every landmark from every landmark, if you go atop. Here I took some pictures of Sacre coeur , Louvre and off course Eiffel tower.
I usually do not use much HDR and other effects, mostly I like to put crude photos. I like to adjust the color, that’s all. But this one, I think, went nice. You can see the architecture of Louvre Museum at the end of the road. And even I notice just now :O the two towers of Notre Dame !! My god 😀 I did a pretty nice job here. I tried to take this road from my simple digital sony camera as I do not have a DSLR.
If you are visiting Arc, please take some time, at least an hour on the top. I think , it is worth it, because you would not go there everyday and if you have a better camera,do share some photos.
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