Arc de Triomphe

18th century monument in the middle of a traffic circle?!

France

Arc de Triomphe

It’s not the most exciting destination in France – in-fact, it’s pretty damn boring.  The Arc de Triomphe has significant historical value and its proximity to other great attractions makes worthy of a spot on your “places to take selfies” list while visiting Paris.

European history buffs will appreciate the Arc de Triomphe – it’s located in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle, an intersection of 12 avenues around the monument in the middle of Paris!

The monument was constructed in the early 18th century to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars and stands tall today in the middle of a bustling city full of cars, buses and mopeds. Literally, it’s a big ass monument in the middle of a fucking traffic circle with shitty french people driving like maniacs.

The flip side to this boring attraction is that you can grab a bite to eat from one of the dozens of authentic French cafes and bistros on the surrounding avenues.  The ambiance is exactly what you would expect from an authentic Paris restaurant.

Know before you go

  • Visiting Paris in the winter will mean cold and rainy weather.
  • Visiting Paris in spring/summer is definitely a better time of year to visit.
  • Visiting the Arc de Triomphe is easy, buses drop off on adjacent streets and is about 30-45 minutes from the Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.
  • The Eiffel Tower is a 15 minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe.

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