Big World, small me · Oct 18, 2014

View from the top #1 Arc du Triomphe

I am always trawling through old travel photos looking for something or just reminiscing and recently I found that so many of my travel photos have the same theme 'View from the top' so I thought I could start a little series on my blog about all the great places where I have had a view from the top.
So to start it off I will begin with my most recent view from the top which was the Arc du Triomphe in Paris.

I have actually been up this wonderful building twice as you just can't beat the view over Paris. The first time was in October 2012 and then again in September 2014 so once in winter and once in summer. The ticket price is pretty cheap for Paris at €9.50 and you get the greatest thing about Paris in the view - the Eiffel Tower of course! Both times I went we didn't queue for more than 10 minutes as well so that is a bonus.

There is around 300 steps to the top and I can imagine a little tough if you are not fit. There is a first level that provides background information about the arc and also about other arcs around the globe that are similar.

Now for the view
As the Arc is located at the top of the Champs-Elysees it offers views down the magnificent street and all the other streets that lead to it. You can see the Sacre Couer in the distance, the Lourve and the CBD further afield. The most important building in Paris is of course in full view right in front and close enough to get some really great photos. This is certainly one of the best views from the top as Paris is one of my favourite places in the world and being able to see it all is pretty spectacular.

Having been up the Eiffel Tower and seen the view from the Sacre Couer I can confirm (in my opinion of course) that this is the best, although I have been told the one from the Notre Dam is not bad either.

So I hope on your next visit to Paris you will give this view from the top a go.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first in this series, look out for next weeks 'View from the top' from Florence up the Duomo.

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