One of the first sights I saw in Paris was l'Arc de Triomphe, which was also, coincidently, the first place that I took T following our adventure along la Côte d'Azur.
Reunited with my trusty Nikon D700 and 20mm f/2.8 Nikkor, it was time to do some serious snapping.
Figuring that I'd want to take T to the top of all the monuments and such, and not wanting to pay the obligatory fees twice, I refrained from seeing the view atop l'Arc de Triomphe the first time I was here. It was quite the treat to see it for the first time with mon amour.
The weather was all over the place, pouring one minute, sun shining the next, but the view was great. It's amazing how far you can see from up there. In a way it all seemed so close, like you could just skip on over to la Tour Eiffel in a few minutes. Having walked much of it before, however, I can say that Paris is far more expansive than it may seem at first.
It was so cool seeing, and only seeing, all the traffic go in and out of l'Étoile. I'm pretty sure I would murder someone if I had to drive around this thing everyday.
You can also see la Grande Arche de la Défense in the above photo. In typical French fashion, it lines up perfectly with l'Arc de Triomphe. I once walked all the way from la Défense, past l'Arc de Triomphe, and down to the Louvre, where I took the métro the rest of the way home. It took a long time.
L'Arc de Triomphe, with its marked lack of ornamentation, is one of my favorite sights in Paris. I still remember seeing it for the first time and being blown away by its size. It set the stage for how grand Paris would be to me and how unprepared I was, in a good way, for what I would encounter on my stay there.