We’re ticking off the landmarks at a rate of knots on a wet and windy Parisian day.
Next up is the majestic Arc De Triomphe – after the Eiffel Tower it is one of the most iconic of all the Paris sights.
It stands at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, (formerly named Place de l’Étoile( — the étoile or “star” of the juncture is formed by its 12 radiating avenues.
The Arc de Triomphe was started in 15 August 1806 and inaugurated in 1836 by French king, Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire.
The Unknown Soldier was buried at the base of the arch in 1921.
The torch was designed by architect Henri Favier and is a circular bronze shield at the centre has a cannon muzzle which radiates a frieze of swords.
On 11 November 1923, surrounded by a multitude of former soldiers, the flame was lit for the first time. Since that moment, the flame has never been extinguished.
A daily ritual pays tribute to the Great Dead and each evening, at 6.30pm the flame is rekindled.
As well as stunning beaches Corsica also as an amazingly rugged interior full of spectacular scenery to explore.
Here we check out a solitary hiking hut which offers wide ranging views over the surrounding countryside.
We’re heading for the Piscia di Gallu hiking trail that will take us through some of the most incredible scenery on Corsica to see the most beautiful waterfall on the island.
Th walk starts off from a sizeable parking lot with a few pretty little restaurants, it starts off nice and easy with a ramble alongside the river and into the forest which is filled with fragrant Corsican Laricciu pine trees.
But very quickly the going starts to get a bit more arduous, especially for the human sloth that is me!
Below is just one of the many impressive rock formations – this is the sentinel rock on route to the waterfall in the forest of L’Ospedale.
While walking you’ll see numerous strangely shaped boulders which are known as Tafoni.
These are rocks that have been hollowed out by erosion of the wind and the rain. Some were used in the past as huts by the shepherds and are called Orii.
Hilariously enough, after an hour and a half of sweaty trekking I don’t actually bother to make the final descent to the actual waterfall (the reason for the trip)!!
The hubby mountain goated his way down but of course didn’t take any photos! Doh!
Instead enjoy a few snaps of this serene lake in the middle of nowhere!