The Étoilé

At the end of the over-crowded, commercialized and steadily inclining Champs-Élysées you’ll find the Arc de Triomphe at Place Charles de Gaulle. It has been built by order of Napoleon to commemorate the victory of the battle of Austerlitz in 1806. You can walk trough a subterranean passage to the Arc and get on top – seeing 14 main streets crossing.

As I was a child, my father once was directing our car into the insane traffic jam at Place Charles de Gaulle. I don’t know whether this was accidental or out of curiosity – this hoping and praying for keeping the car safe and sound and getting out of this roundabout is a situation we all won’t forget in a lifetime.

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