We Just Landed ... Can't I Get Some Sleep ???
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October 16th, 2005 – by: jmaretich
I'd seen many pictures of it before and thought it was nice and all that, but it was much bigger that I had imagined, and very intricately carved. I thought we were going to have to role-play the video game "Frogger" to get to it, but you entered a subway entrance and walked under the Charles de Gaulle Etoile and entered through one of the support legs of the structure.
I enjoyed looking down at the traffic circling the monument. The Arc sits in the middle of the Etoile, or star. There were about 10 to 12 roads extending from the Arc, like the spokes of a bicycle. It is six or seven lanes wide, but no white lines or lane markers. Not for the faint of heart!
Back at street level, there is a tomb or marker for an unknown French soldier. Hard to imagine Hitler's army "goose-stepping" their way through here 65 years or so ago.
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