Vacation 2012 – Arc de Triomphe

The same day we visited the Eiffel Tower, we checked out the Arc de Triomphe. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, we decided to go up to the top of the Arc.

Of course we didn’t realize there is an elevator, so once again we found ourselves doing the stairs.

Once up on top though, we found the view was worth it!

Inside the top of the Arc were some interesting sites as well…

One of the more interesting views came courtesy of a small camera hidden inside a decorative flower on the Arc’s exterior.

The camera is connected to a large table top tv screen inside the top of the monument, so even the most acrophobic can view everyone below without discomfort.

Then of course, there’s all the amazing, though in some cases slightly disturbing, sculptures on the outside of the Arc de Triomphe.

I’m really not sure…but I think this sculpture may have been victim of ‘mad cow’ disease.

As luck would have it, we just missed some sort of ceremony, by mere minutes…

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