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Adventures in Paris: L’Arc de Triomphe

We obviously loved our visit to the Eiffel Tower, but if you’re concerned about the expense or the crowds, and if you don’t have advance tickets, you may not want to spend the time waiting in line to head up to the top.  Are there alternatives?

Yes, and I completely hear you.  While we were definitely happy with our trip to the top, I admit that my first two trips to Paris did not include this activity.  Regardless of what might keep you from ascending Monsieur Eiffel’s creation, you can still get a great view of Paris from above.  My favorite option is a visit to the roof of the great Arc de Triomphe. Read more

Arc de Triomphe traffic

Driving in Paris & rental car tips

After two weeks in the non-stop city bustle of Paris, we decided to take a trip out of town.  We needed a bit of space for our boys to run and were worried about another Paris heat wave.  After exploring train options and cheap flights from Paris, we chose instead to redeem some points for a week-long minivan rental.  We found the car we needed at Paris’ Gare du Nord (north train station), and I headed there after getting the boys in bed a few nights ago.  Read more