After my niece ran out of her shopping money in Paris, her enthusiasm for touring the city was beginning to wane. It was a bright sunny June day in the city and I was loving walking around taking it all in. While I can walk for hours and hours, my niece not so much. With her coveted Parisian purchases in hand, I said “Let’s go to the Arc de Triomphe” and was met with her now familiar shrug. While I haven’t been to the top of the Arc de Triomphe since my first visit over twenty years ago. I still remember how cool the views were of the Champs Elysees and roads in all directions. As she was beginning to formulate reasons to skip it, I reminded her that she had chosen the Arc de Triomphe on her “things to see in Paris” list so I had to act fast.
I said “it’s only about 100 steps or so to the top”. She was tired of walking the many metro stops/changes of the day and the prospect of only 100 steps seems to go over well as it was finite. Now, you and I know just looking at the sheer size of the monument that it is more than 100 steps. So I consider my “100 steps or so” a little white lie in the grand scheme of things. I am sure under legal review the “or so” qualifies as a truthful statement.
We walked underground to the entrance and with my skip the line ticket (part of my Paris pass) we were able to walk past the short line. I did, however, need to go to the ticket window for a free child ticket (everyone needs a ticket). We then walked up the steps to the street level of the Arc de Triomphe and my “100 steps or so” lie was quickly unraveling when she realized how massive it really was (my niece is pretty smart).