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Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's Tomb, Eiffel Tower
The hike up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe
is merely 284 steps up a long spiral staircase. The arc is also the site of the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which commemorates the dead of World Wars I and
Napoleon is buried at the
Hôtel National des Invalides. His casket consists of several layers,
like a Russian Troika (nesting doll), including two layers of lead. Flash
photography of the tomb is prohibited, so the lighting is kind of funny.
There is also a military museum here. A number of items were on loan from a
museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
After visiting Invalides, we made the long hike to the Eiffel Tower. Getting
to the top is two rides. One car takes you sort of slant-wise to the first
level (where there is an overlook as well as the
restaurant). Next is an elevator which takes you to the top. The "lower" level
is enclosed in Plexiglas, and along the walls is an indexed, panoramic picture
of the city, to help you spot landmarks. The "upper" level is
truly outside, affording you relatively unobstructed views of the city. See if
you can locate the replica of the Statue of Liberty.
We tried to get into the restaurant for dinner, but they were
already booked. We knew it was a long shot anyway!