Posted by: David Vernon | April 30, 2017

May 2017 Desktop Calendar

May 2017 Desktop Calendar

Our 100th calendar. Good lord I’m tired… okay – maybe just a little sleepy.

Month five of A Year in Paris takes you to the top. The top of the Arc de Triomphe that is – which is 162′ above the Place Charles de Gaulle, and one of the most famous monuments in all of Paris. Behind me is the famous Champs-Élysées  (and 12 avenues meet here), but we are instead looking up the Avenue de la Grande Armée, out across the Seine to La Défense, just west of the city limits of Paris. It is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district. However, in spite of that, what we are standing on is more interesting.

The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Beneath its vault lies France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The Arc was commissioned after Napolean’s victory at Austerlitz in 1806, but the building lingered for political reasons, and it wasn’t completed to just before 1840. Ahhh politics.

The climb to the top, on a wonderful circular stairway, takes you first to a museum, and then a few more steps to the roof, where you and hundreds of your closest friends can get lovely 360° views of the entire city. But they’re open late, and Paris is the City of Lights, so what better place to spend an evening…

So enjoy month five of 12 months of Paris – still all shot in June 2016. So why not click on a link below to find a lovely desktop for the month ahead. Enjoy!

Mobile-esque (no calendar) versions:

  • iPad (and adjustable by you for all other phone / tablet versions)
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