Monday, August 5, 2013

Avenue de la Grande-Armée - La Grande Arche de la Defense

Avenue de la Grande-Armée

Seen from the top of Arc de Triomphe 
the Grand Arch appears as the outline of a box.  
It was built in 1989 to celebrate the 
200th anniversary of the French Revolution.  

The Arc de Triomphe is a part of the straight line along which one finds:  
the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, 
and finally la Grande Arche de la Defense.  

The distance from the photo's vantage point 
to the Grand Arch is about 3 miles.  
The entire distance of the "perspective royale" is over 9 miles!

Avenue de la Grande-Armée
75008, Paris


Jack said...

Hey! I'm first! Nice panorama from a high perch.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific capture, Genie!! I do LOVE the view!! Hope you had a great weekend and that you're ready for a great week ahead! Enjoy!

Palomasea said...

La perspective royale est magnifique, chere Genie!!
I have this photo, from the Grand Arch side, albeit not this gorgeous!!
Details, details...the French are masters of details.

Such a pleasure to have virtually shared the polenta and pb cup meal with you, dear friend...MERCI!!! Wish I could send you some.. ;))
- Irina

Draffin Bears said...

Bonjour Genie,

Love the photo of the City and from such a birds eye view.
When we over one July had planned to go to the top, but the queues were so long.
Happy week

Cezar and Léia said...

Amazing overview, it's a fantastic picture!

Joe said...

What a fantastic birds eye view of Paris. I've been to Paris twice and never made it to the top of the Arc De Triomphe. I'm embarrassed to say that on the first occasion I was one of those mad tourists who tried to cross the road unaware that there was an underpass. Cringe. I live to tell the tale.

Paulita said...

How did you get the sun and clouds to cooperate? Terrific shot and explanation. Want to play along with Dreaming of France today? Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

Malyss said...

I did not remember the Arc de Triomphe was so high! Great perspective!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Paris has to be one of the most beautifully designed cities in the world ..I'm sure you feel the same Genie, spectacular views all around.

Daryl said...

is this from our visit? wonderful.

Jeanie said...

I love this! Now I wish I'd taken the time to go up there!

Virginia said...

Believe it or not, I"ve never been to la Defense. I need to fix that!

Alexa said...

I've never been to La Défense either. Shame on me. And shame on whoever built that too-tall building on the right and threw off the otherwise wonderful symmetry of your excellent shot!

La Petite Gallery said...

I was there.. Great photo.. Thanks for the comment. I will get you on my sidebar. Thanks yvonne

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I was there a few weeks ago ,, thought it was great and then to see the other Arc at the other end too :-) ,,,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Genie! BONJOUR! What a gorgeous view to take in on this gray day. To dream in French...quel rêve! Anita

Starman said...

I never did make it to the top of La Grande Arche!

Mary said...

What a wonderful view and photograph! Nine miles. One of these days, i'll see it in person! :). But until then, i have your magnificent photography to show me the way. :)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Paulita, it was an "interesting" sky with pockets of rain in/around Paris. The photo does not do the colors justice.. thanks

Malyss, Joe, Daffin, and Jeanie... It is 284 steps to climb to the top and the views are stunning all around. It is 164 feet high (49.5 m)!

There is an elevator but it is reserved for the pathetic and pitiful (just kidding). I have climbed the steps twice, but did once ride to the top at the end of a very long,active day.

Starman, I hope that you will go back and take the elevator.