Last Friday was a day of highs, beginning with the second level of a double decker bus, moving to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, and ending on top of the Eiffel Tower itself.

Since I took so many photos on the Eiffel Tower, I've decided to split this day into two posts with this first one focusing on the bus and ferry tours we went on but mostly on our time at and in the Arc de Triomphe.

The day started off relatively slowly, which was good for me since I was feeling sick, and after taking the metro (underground/subway/tube) we went on a tour bus around Paris, going past things such as the Louvre and the Opera. This was also good for it gave us all a rest from the walking we had done the day before.

After getting off next to the Eiffel Tower, we caught a ferry. This hour-long guided tour along the Seine went out past Notre Dame, before turning back towards the tower.

La tour Eiffel.

The place France's National Assembly gathers. Not sure what relation this national assembly has in regards to the historic, French revolution one, but it is the lower house of France's Fifth Republic.

The view towards the Arc de Triomphe.

The 50x45x22 metre arch is one of the largest monuments of its kind, and was commissioned by Napoleon the first to commemorate the victories and generals of both the French Revolution and his own Napoleonic wars. Yet since the construction took thirty years (1806-1836), Napoleon never saw the arch himself, though his body did pass underneath it in 1840. Like many places in France, this place is both shaped by and surrounded by history. A more recent piece of history is that underneath it lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, placed there in 1920.

Arc de Triomphe, or Triumphal Arch.

The detail on this thing, as with other monuments and churches here in France, is incredible.

There were quite a few stairs.

The traffic in Paris, especially around the Arc, is simply...incredible. The twelve entries into the round-about and general driving skills of the French mean scenes like these are happening all the time.

The business district of Paris, featuring the Grande Arche de la Défense, a 20th version of the Arc de Triomphe. It is meant to be a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideas rather than military victories.

A grand view towards the Eiffel Tower.

So there's a quick post of what we did Friday morning. I'll hopefully have a post up very soon about our Friday evening when we went on a tour of the Eiffel Tower and went up to the third floor.

Before you say that sounds boring, let me tell you this: the Eiffel Tower only has three floors.


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