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The Grandest of them All

Took one more shot before leaving the Arc area, this time, zoomed into the arc -- hand held. It turned out just fine. The people who climb the arc has their silhouettes framed in the early evening sky -- on top of the arc.

 

The arc, one of the icons of Paris has seen the best and worst of times. Of wars of military parades. In the early stages of world war II, it was a silent march by the Nazi Germany after the French Maginot line was overran -- watched in dead silence by the Parisian crowd. A few years later, the allies would march down this avenue to celebrate France's liberation and defeat of Nazi Germany. One of the most overwhelming photos I can see in books was that of the marine brigade of the United States, marching forward, and occupying the length of the wide avenue.

 

That sculptures are still there -- The crowning of Napoleon to the left, and the famous "Departure of the Volunteers" to the right -- with Miss Liberty leading the people to war. If they could speak, they are witnesses to one of Europe's greatest historical spectacles.

 

Arc de Triomphe

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Paris, France

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Taken on April 3, 2009