We spent the last 2 days in Paris going to some places that weren’t in the main area. La Defense was one district that we went to – very interesting area. It’s essentially the Central Business District of Paris, about a 20min ride on the metro from the Champs Elysees. There is quite a large shopping centre here called Les Quatre Temps. Good to spend a morning or afternoon and also to visit Le Grande Arch (it looks right down the road towards the Champs Elysees (about 7-8km away).
Since we had both gone to the Eiffel Tower on our last trips, we decided to go to the Arch du Triomphe instead. Was surprisingly good. Despite the fact that it is only 50m tall (about 280ish steps I believe – not too tough a trek up), the views are quite stunning. It offers a more central view of Paris, good to go up during the day or night! There are 12 roads intersecting at the Arc – I’ve tried to show this in the photos above. A very good alternative if you don’t want to wait for the long queues to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I must say the views from the top of the Eiffel are stunning and definitely worth visiting at night. Why not do both!