The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. For all my grumbling about the weather and grey skies while we were it really wasn’t as bad as I might have lead you to believe, we did see some blue sky, this image taken just before sunset. We were headed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to see the lights come on along the Champs-Elysées, it was lovely. Well worth waiting in the long line-up of tourists and the 284 steps we had to climb to the top.
I used a wide angle lens to capture as much of the sky as I could, using this lens gives a feeling that the monument is sitting out in the open, which it is, sort of. The Arc de Triomphe sits alone the middle of a very large traffic circle, where 12 streets feed automobiles into the 8 lanes of traffic moving around the arc. and just to make things interesting the “odd” pedestrian actually walks to the Arc at street level through the traffic rather than using the underground passage.