We had our breakfast at the same place as Day 1 because Coco loved the good service. It was indeed a tremendous change from the lousy London experience.
We took the train to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile Station and followed the signs in the underground to Arc de Triomphe ('trom').
Met a nice gentleman from Korea and he helped us take this picture.
We finally saw more Asians at Arc de Triomphe (phew!).
I was extremely wary of the ang mohs as I had read that they could very well grab your camera and run so Coco and I didn't get to have a photo together until then.
At Arc de Triomphe, you can't cross the road and go over to the Arc as the road is a roundabout and you are totally courting death if you dare do that. You need to walk through an underpass that links to the Arc and the Arc alone.
Coco and Baby needed the toilet, so we went to a restaurant near the tourist attraction and we were floored by how pretty the toilet was!
Pretty outside, pretty inside
Coco and I had a hard time searching for the underpass to Arc de Triomphe as it was so inconspicuous, just beside where we took photos!
We bought our tickets at the underpass. A fast queue though.
Even the sky in Paris is so beautifully blue!
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces (source: wikipedia).
The tomb of the unknown soldier
The inside of the Arc
The stairs were narrow and steep
"Look, Coco! We were taking pictures like those goons just now!"
The top of the Arc
After we had some fun fooling around at the top, we decided to descend the Arc.
"Gasp! Soooo many steps?!!"
The staff was kind enough to suggest that we take a lift up the Arc when we came as we had Baby with us, so we were unaware that the others without a young child had to brave the Mount Everest in its own right to reach the peak!
We were delighted that the French had been kind and helpful thus far.
Adult - 9.50 euro
Children below 18 - free admission
Opening hours vary for different times of the year