La Défense - getting there
La defense is located just outside the city limits to the west. It is very easy to reach
as it is on the Metro, Line 1.
The best way to appreciate La Défense and
the Grande Arche (see the photograph below) is to get out at the metro stop Esplanade de la Défence
then walk up the esplanade towards the Grande Arche.
The photograph on the left was
taken from the steps of the Grande Arche looking down the esplanade.
The Grande Arche
From the steps of the Grande Arche
you can just make out the Arc de Triomphe, and if it weren't for the haze and
pollution, you would see the obelisk through the
Arc de Triomphe, and past the obelisk to the Carrousel du Louvre, and the front
door of the Louvre itself - some vista!
The lift up the Grande Arche gives
lovely views of Paris, but little else. So I'm not sure it is worth the price.
Also once you are up there there is a feeling that it is not quite finished.
Whatever you do make sure you have enough film in your camera. Believe it or
not, but there was nowhere to buy film up there the day we went, so you pay to go up, find out
you have run out of film, and that's it, the souvenir shop has no film for
sale. I'm sure this must change.