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Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées

This morning we started the day like yesterday by walking through the streets of Paris to get to our first destination, rue Mouffetard. As the rain began to fall the weather became cooler, but in a short time we arrived at rue Mouffetard where we were given an hour to explore the street in our groups before meeting again. Along the street there were many fruit and vegetable stores and pâtisseries where we could buy our lunch.

Our next stop was the Arc de Triomphe. We had to catch two metro trains to get there but as soon as we got out from the underground the amazing structure was presented right in front of our eyes. Some renovation is taking place, but luckily we were able to book a time to climb up the 280 steps inside the Arc de Triomphe, and look over the rest of Paris, including seeing the Eiffel Tower again which I really enjoyed. On our descent we stopped in the gift store to buy some more ‘tourist’ items, and to look at the facts, for example, the construction of the Arc de Triomphe was first started in 1806, but not completed until 1836.

Lastly, the groups were given three hours to discover the shops on the famous street, les Champs-Elysées. Personally, the highlight of this shopping trip must have been the 3-storey Nike store, which had everything from running gear to creating custom sneakers in the Nike iD basement. Lots of purchases were made this afternoon, before returning to the hostel very tired from our full and active day.

Jamie Todd-Brown