Prissy Mag Editor and Founder Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen started her Through My Eyes column at Paris Woman Journal in 2003. Here, she continues to share her personal experiences about life in the City of Lights.
|The View from the Arc de Triomphe|
|Written by Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen|
If you really want a gorgeous panoramic view of Paris, then how about climbing up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe? I would highly recommend it and always do to visiting friends. In my humble opinion, it’s much better and faster to access than waiting in line for an elevetator to take you to the top of the Eiffel Tower (that is, if you’re only going to the top for the view). From the Arc’s observation deck you can see up the Champs-Elysées along with other famous landmarks such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, and La Défense.
How to get there: The Arc is at the centre of a pentagon-shaped configuration of twelve avenues and that is why you should NEVER try to cross traffic to get to it! Every year I witness people trying to play a deadly game of human frogger in order to get there. Don’t! Never worry, once you get off the metro at Charles de Gaulle, there is an underground passage that will take you to the entrance. The entry rate is €9 for adults and €5.50 for concessions. It is usually very quick to get to the top; there are hardly ever any queues. In fact, getting to the top simply depends on how fast your legs will carry you. There is an elevator available but only for people who "need" it. When the ticket lady asked us if we were the ones going up, she did take notice of our feet. Seriously. They seem to be stingy on the elevator, but hey, that's okay. We wanted and expected to walk up. To get to the top, you should know there are 284 steps! Not a bad day’s walk and it's actually quite fun.
I've always had the pleasure of chatting with new folks on the way, believe it or not. You end up forming a bond with people who are breathing as hard as you are. You'll find some who stop to let you pass, others who seem to be in a race with you, and still others sitting on the stairs waiting it out a bit. Once you do get to the top, you can admire the exhibition hall with lithogaphs and photos of the Arc’s history. Of course, the observation deck will take your breath away and make the winding staircase journey up there worth it ! And when you want to leave—just go back down the way you came, no waiting for pesky elevators.
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen moved to Paris from New York City in 1999. In addition to being the Editor and Founder of Prissy Mag, she is the author of the novel Stockdale and the new non-fiction book Next of Kin. For her complete bio, please visit our Team Page or check out her Author site.
Karen Hubert: ...
Very great article. I will take this advice. One last thing the pictures are so gorgeous Prissy.
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