The Arc de Triomphe sits up the hill along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. First-time visitors to Paris really should visit both of these sites. As it turned out, I was staying in an Airbnb apartment a short walk away from the Arc during the latter portion of my stay in the city, so I got to walk past it every day.
One day, the French flag was displayed on the monument.
Here’s the view down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc.
I was lucky to be visiting on a Sunday and discovered that practically the entire avenue had been closed to traffic. People were walking all along the Champs-Élysées, and market stalls lined both sides of the roadway.
At the other end of the Champs-Élysées is the Place de la Concorde. This is where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed in 1793 (January and October, respectively). There’s also an ancient Egyptian obelisk here.
This plaque, affixed to a building along the Champs-Élysées, commemorates the time Thomas Jefferson lived there as U.S. minister to France.