So, our accommodation was along Champs-Élysées. A good spot really. Especially if you want to keep seeing the Arc de Triomphe!
We’re going to stroll up the Champs-Élysées like proper tourists and then sit at a cafe and have coffee in view of the Arc de Triomphe. ~ Melanie Harlow
Just look at our silly faces!
And I guess it’s not enough to show you just one angle, huh?
One cannot just cross on the road to reach the Arc. You actually need to go underground. And like other tourist spot… you have to pay for the entrance fee. Being a.. frugal tourist, I’m satisfied from being afar. XD
With the power of a camera’s zoom, here’s some of the close ups I took:
There’s so many more carved on this arc. A lot of meaning on every corner, on every side.
I know there’s a story to tell. History to share. From what I’ve read in wiki, the monument stands in honor of the soldiers who fought for France. One particular soldier lies beneath this structure. Unnamed. Unknown. His identity forever lost. His sacrifice, however, lives on to be remembered. A reminder of the dreadful wars.
And I guess my responsibility as a tourist, is to keep spreading his story. Their story. Whatever nationality he/she is.
Okay people, that was heavy. I’m tuning out the sentimental air! Breathe in, breathe out.
Join me next time, on my way to another tourist spot!