Sitting apparently unattainable in the middle of one of Paris’ biggest traffic islands, the Arc de Triomphe doesn’t sound glamorous on paper. But go there and you’ll instantly be blown away.
Honouring soldiers who have given their lives fighting for France, and with the tomb of the unknown soldier (from WWI) at its base, the Arc de Triomphe took thirty years to finish (just laying the foundations took a couple, and work was also suspended for a while). Napoleon - who commissioned it - only just lived to see it completed. At nearly fifty metres high and large enough to fly a biplane through (true!) it’s understandable that they took a while…
The Arc de Triomphe stands in the middle of an important geographical axis that runs through Paris, symbolising the link between the old and the new. From the Louvre to the Tuileries Gardens, across the Place de la Concorde and up the Champs Elysées, it looks directly down the most beautiful avenue in the world on one side, and continues on the other past the Palais des Congrès, over the Seine and on to the business area of La Défense just outside the city.
Thinking of visiting? Beware if you don’t like steps; there are 284 to get to the top, and the only lift is reserved for the handicapped. Getting there is worth it though; on a clear day, few other sights will give you such a striking and central view over the city.
The renowned Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is home, from February 24 until August 20, 2017, to the exhibition “Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!”.
“Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!” is an exhibition that sheds light on twenty-one works of art by the Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel (1921 – 2006).
The works on display, which are actually a donation from the Karel Appel Foundation, include some of the best paintings and sculptures that significantly marked the career of Appel from his CoBrA years until his death in 2006.
On the occasion of this exhibition, attendees will get the chance to view the artist’s famous Carnet d'art psychopathologique as well as many other veritable masterpieces including ceramic sculptures from the 1950s and big installations from the 1970s and 1990s.
The Hotels Paris Champs-Elysées are located at a short walking distance from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.