After a late lunch at L’entrecote, we took the liberty to climb 284 steps up a dimly lit spiral staircase, arriving at the top of L’arc de Triomphe right before the sun had set. Rooftops and city streets glowed in the warmth of the setting sun as we stood high above the centre of L’étoile, one of Europe’s busiest roundabouts, overlooking parts of Les Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel tower and Sacré Coeur.
The crowd began to thin out as it got dark, and all that remained were little echoes of cars touting their horns and random chatter from a few remaining tourists. The next six days were spent exploring the beautiful neighborhoods of Belleville, St Germain, Montemartre and seeing that it was our first time in the City of Light, we took in our fair share of museum and art gallery visits. We can’t wait to explore Paris and environs all over again, perhaps during the Euro Cup in 2016 with our son.