After dinner, while the rest of a wimps went back to the hotel, I decided to walk back to the hotel after a bit of a night time photo shoot. First was the Arc de Triomphe. This is a massive structure full of symbolism.
There is the structure. On the right is the statue of the Departure of the Volunteers of 1792 commonly called La Marseillaise. Amusingly, the man who wrote the song, Rouget de Lisle, originally dedicated the song to a German, Marshal Nicolas Luckner. Ironic.
Did you know a plane actually flew through the arch almost 100 years back? Here’s the YouTube video
Can you see some of the names are underlined? That signifies that the general died on the field of battle.
The names of the French victories. Havent heard of most of them I am afraid but these were mostly related to the Napoleonic Era
La Paix de 1815, by Antoine Étex. On top are heroically nude French youths fighting the chain mailed barbarians from Germany. Man, nobody likes them, eh?
I have now popped over to the other side of CDG place.
The lit up Eiffel Tower. And a searchlight.
That was the last glance back at the monument. Grandiose, eh? Nice. now heading back to the hotel, getting very tired.