Trip Report: Paris (part 11) Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise

 

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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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Arc de Triomphe 

Since the Radisson Blu Champs Elysees was so close we decided to walk over to the Arc de Triomphe and take a stroll down the Champs Elysees. They are currently doing some sort of maintenance thus there is some scaffolding on the monument.  I had no idea that the Arc de Triomphe was something that you could actually go inside and see the views from the top!  I always thought it was just a solid stone monument.  This is a popular spot to sit down and take a rest or perhaps a meeting point. You will notice a lot of folks sitting down relaxing around this grand monument. We waited in line about 15 minutes and paid maybe $15 (I forgot) to take the stairs to the top.  The stairs are small and its a tight, winding staircase but not too tiring to reach the top.

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My wife outside the Arc de Triomphe

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Me posing outside the Arc de Triomphe

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Standing in the middle of the Champs Elysees

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Arc de Triomphe

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Arc de Triomphe

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Inside detail of Arc de Triomphe

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Arc de Triomphe

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Underneath the center of the Arc de Triomphe

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Memorial to fallen solders of the war

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Views of from the top

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Panorama from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

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Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe

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View of Paris and Sacre Couer to the left
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Top of the Arc de Triomphe with Eiffel Tower in the background

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Eiffel Tower from Arc de Triomphe

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Panorama from top of the Arc de Triomphe

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Inside is this model of the Arc de Triomphe
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The Arc de Triomphe staircase back down

The Arc de Triomphe had my favorite views of Paris! I liked the views because you get to see the Eiffel Tower and are not too high up or far away to be able to make out certain landmarks.

 Siene River Cruise

We also chose to try a quick river cruise.  The cruise was only about one hour and was a nice way to see Paris while relaxing on a boat.  We were lucky enough to grab a spot on the top deck and get some fresh air as there was no roof on the top floor of the boat. The basic cruise fare was around $20-25 per person if I recall correctly. You board the boat near the Eiffel Tower on the Siene River.  There are a good number of boats on the river as they seem to sell a lot of dinner cruises that can be quite pricey.

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Amazing detail on this bridge

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Love locks on the bridge

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Lots of people hanging out eating and drinking on the banks of the river

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Notre Dame from the Siene river

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One of the many dinner cruise vessels

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My wife before departing the boat

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A quick photo from our boat before leaving

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