One of my favorite tourist sites is the Arc de Triomphe. During all the times I've visited Paris it wasn't until the last time that I actually went to the top of the arch. In fact, it had been closed for so long under renovation, I don't think I even knew it was possible.
Once I read about the renovation, I was determined to visit it, and to this day, I still think it's my favorite view of Paris. Now don't get me wrong. J'adore la tour Eiffel! I love wandering around the city, possibly getting lost, and then looking for the fabled tower to help me find my way. I am mesmerized standing underneath its enormous four feet and looking at the clouds moving through its metal grid. But honestly, when I went to the top, I was so afraid of the height coupled with all the openness of the structure that I really didn't enjoy the experience.
That brings me back to my beloved l'Arc de Triomphe. Situated right in the middle of Place de l'Étoile, it's high enough that you see sweeping views all around but low enough that you can see all the details below. (Let me warn you though, there is no ascenseur, so taking the stairs is a must!) What's more, it's situated in the middle of streets that form the shape of a star. How glamorous!
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter