I can’t recall if it’s the red “A” line or the yellow “1” line, but one of them rises above ground for a bit as the metro travels eastward. As the train rises from beneath the streets of Paris, l’Arc de Triomphe is visible at the end of the track where the rider’s line of sight intersects with the horizon. I probably wouldn’t have paid any attention to what was ahead as I happened into the front car of the Metro one evening heading into the City, my head buried in a map planning ahead, but all of the youngest local riders knew what to expect and were politely jockeying for position, chattering excitedly with their parents.
I thank the little guy in the orange t-shirt for giving me a “heads up.”
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