Despite the traffic, I love the fact that apart from the fountains and the obelisk in the centre, this square has no building. Any time of the day or night, this site is attractive even though one would wish it to be totally barred from the cars. One great way to visit it is in August, where traffic is scarce, but even with all the traffic it's an amazing place. When you are in its centre, you have a double perspective, across the Jardins des Tuileries towards the Louvres and across the Champs Elysees towards the Arc-de-Triomphe and beyond the Arche de la Défense.
When I was a teenager, I used to ask my dad or whoever was driving me there to turn around and around and around it...and sometimes, shame on me, I do it alone when I happen to drive through it. What is sure is that it's among the places which, as a Parisian, I will always try to get through when going in the vicinity
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