Thursday, January 8, 2015

Arc du Triomphe in Paris, France

I had asked my pseudo uncle, AR, if he could drive SO and I to the train station. On the way there, he mentioned how much he loved the Arch of Triumph / Arc de Triomphe the first time he saw it. In fact, he never imagined how big and impressive it would be. That's exactly how I felt seeing it again because I had completely forgotten its beauty and its historical symbol!

On our first day in Paris, KR had to get something from her sister-in-law, who works near the Arc du Triomphe. After a nice walk on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, we came face-to-face to this beautiful monument. I can't even begin to imagine how they built this. It holds a special meaning - it represents and honours the men who fought and lost their lives during French wars. Beneath the arc, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It has an eternal flame lit all the time. It is especially poignant and I couldn't help but think of all the men that lost their lives fighting for our country. My dad used to be in the French army, even fought a war, so it was an intense feeling I felt taking this photo.


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