The Arc de Triomphe sits in the middle of the busiest roundabout in Paris — 12 streets/ avenues enter here in unmarked lanes of apparent utter chaos. The urban myth says that if one has a traffic accident in this roundabout, your insurance will not cover your loss. Our guide suggested that a more likely scenario is that all of the insurance companies have agreed that all accidents in the roundabout will be considered ”no fault” (i.e., pay for your own damages). The traffic here is more congested than anywhere we can remember. The pictures do not capture it.
So many sights. Too many to keep straight. Lots and lots of statuary on buildings, in parks, and on bridges. Gilded statues and domes everywhere one looks. And trees everywhere. We didn’t expect for every boulevard and avenue to be lined with trees on both sides and sometimes in the middle, too. Interestingly, there are no trees along the Avenue de l’Opera because Charles Garnier said there shouldn’t (wouldn’t) be so as not to distract (detract???) from his opera house. You should click here just to see some of the pictures of this opulent building. Apparently, Garnier was quite the arrogant so-and-so. Hope you recognize some of the places in these pictures.