flickr-free-ic3d pan white

Christmas Spiral

spiral stairs - Taking the stairs to the top of the "Arc de Triomphe" gives you this view at the end. Well worth the effort you put into it. It took me at least 20 minutes to reach the top.


La vue qu'on a après une longue montée dans les escaliers qui mènent vers le toit de l'arc de Triomphe. Se je me souviens bien, ça m'avait pris une vingtaine de minutes pour arriver jusqu'en haut.


stairway inside the "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris, France.


Located at one end of Paris’s most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, the triumphal arch is older than the Eiffel Tower, but is somewhat new in the tradition of building arches to celebrate victories. The Romans did it much earlier. In fact, the Arch of Titus had inspired Napoleon to build this 19th-century tribute to his ‘Grande Armee’. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added in 1921. The ‘eternal flame’ is re-lit every evening at 6:30 pm.


Today it is one of Paris' most famous tourist attractions and millions of visitors climb the long stairway to the top every year. The Arc de Triomphe stands at 51m (167 ft) high and 45m (148 ft) wide. The monument is so large that a daredevil pilot once flew his plane between the arches. The long climb up 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is well worth it.


136 faves
Taken on December 15, 2007