The Arc de Triumph. This is what I saw when I came out of the train station. My hotel is about 3 blocks from here.
Another picture of Arc de Triumph with a blurry Eiffel Tower in the background.
The next four images are carvings on the four corners of this thing.
This is the eternal flame that burns underneath the arc.
Here is a view of the inside of the arc while standing underneath it.
This is a close up (sort of) of the inside of the arc.
This is a picture of the Arc de Triumph from quite a ways down the Champs Elysees.
After visiting the Arc de Triumph, I started off on a walk down the historic Champs Elysees. This road is a lot longer than I thought.
On my way down the Champs, I took a side road and saw this...the Petit Palais.
Not far beyond the Petit Palais was the Seine River.
As I crossed the Seine, this is the view I had to my right.
I walked along the left bank of the Seine for a while...and then I saw this obelisk on the right bank. I headed over to take a closer look. I think this one is much cooler than the one in DC because it has lots of hieroglyphs (maybe) carved all over it.
A close up of the base of the obelisk.
After staring at the obelisk for a while, I headed through what I think was the Place de la Concorde. It reminded me a lot of walking down the mall in DC.
Well, I almost made it through the Place de la Concorde (if that is in fact where I was) when I saw this big green thing to my left and had to go check it out.
Here's a close up of the green thing. The carvings on it are amazing.
I had decided to start heading back towards my hotel at this point because I was getting very tired and hungry. I don't know what this thing was but I took a picture of it.
This interesting looking church (St. Augustine) led me to a place right down the street where I eventually had dinner.