Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

It's obvious that the Arc de Triomphe is big but I didn't imagine that it was big enough to fly a plane through it. Well, at least one person has done it. It was right after World War and during the celebrations a bi-plane went zipping through it. There's a video of it at Wikipedia.

Like Rome, Paris has some iconic monuments that are definitive of the city they are in. The Arc de Triomphe is one of them. When you see it, you know exactly where you are and, if it's the Arc, it can only be Paris. It was fairly close to our hotel so, at the end of a day of sightseeing, sometimes we would go down there, sit on the benches and people watch. It was also fun to watch the all of the cars swirling around. The Arc sits in the middle of a huge roundabout, the Place Charles de Gaulle, and I can't believe there aren't more accidents as cars, mopeds, busses and trucks circle it. It sounds ridiculous, but twelve streets meet at that roundabout and the flow of traffic is incredible.

As is true with so many monumental european projects, the person who commissioned it, Napoleon in this case, never saw it completed. His ashes body [thanks Rob!] was carried through it after his death on Saint Helena as they made their way to where they still are, Les Invalides.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 26 mm
35mm Focal Length: 39 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 360


Taken: 2009-05-31 10:20:52
Posted: 2011-02-20 | 07:31





Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

It's obvious that the Arc de Triomphe is big but I didn't imagine that it was big enough to fly a plane through it. Well, at least one person has done it. It was right after World War and during the celebrations a bi-plane went zipping through it. There's a video of it at Wikipedia.

Like Rome, Paris has some iconic monuments that are definitive of the city they are in. The Arc de Triomphe is one of them. When you see it, you know exactly where you are and, if it's the Arc, it can only be Paris. It was fairly close to our hotel so, at the end of a day of sightseeing, sometimes we would go down there, sit on the benches and people watch. It was also fun to watch the all of the cars swirling around. The Arc sits in the middle of a huge roundabout, the Place Charles de Gaulle, and I can't believe there aren't more accidents as cars, mopeds, busses and trucks circle it. It sounds ridiculous, but twelve streets meet at that roundabout and the flow of traffic is incredible.

As is true with so many monumental european projects, the person who commissioned it, Napoleon in this case, never saw it completed. His ashes body [thanks Rob!] was carried through it after his death on Saint Helena as they made their way to where they still are, Les Invalides.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 26 mm
35mm Focal Length: 39 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 360


Taken: 2009-05-31 10:20:52
Posted: 2011-02-20 | 07:31


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