Paris, je t’aime { Day 6 : Catacombs }

The last day was leisurely spent wandering around and taking in our last moments in beautiful Paris.

We first went to the Catacombs (I would recommend getting there early. We arrived 45 minutes before opening and there was already a long line-up).

The Catacombs were created in the 1780s when the biggest cemetery in Paris was closed and the remains of the people buried there were moved to this underground location. Until 1860, whenever a cemetery would close, the bones were also moved there where it is estimated that the bones of 6 million people can be found.

This experience was quite unique. After walking through dark, narrow and winding corridors, we arrived at the burial sites where bones and skulls had been stacked on both sides. Visitors walk through a passageway where the remains can be seen closely. At a medium pace, it took us about 30 minutes to go through the whole thing. It was both fascinating and creepy to realize how many people have been buried there, but it was quite unnerving to be that close to the bones. [N.B. there are a few pictures of the bones – view at your own discretion! ]

After we successfully emerged from the other side, we continued to walk around Paris, had a picnic by the Seine river, stumbled upon a fair in the Jardins de Tuileries, and picked up some Ladurée before heading back to the hotel to change for dinner. We went to the Indiana Café close to our hotel and had amazing burgers and fries, followed by gelato at Amorino. A perfect to end an amazing and memorable trip!ImageImageImageImage{ The entrance to the Catacombs after walking for 5-10 in the above hallways. The engraving that you see translates to “Stop! Here is the kingdom of death” }

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage{ How much fun does that look?! This was at the fair in the Tuileries. My sister and I sat there and watched these kids have fun for 30 minutes. They got in a deflated plastic ball, a guy would fill it with air and then push them in the water, and the kids would move around in their respective bubbles in that pool. I want to be a kid again! }

Image{ It wouldn’t be a Parisian fair without Nutella or macaroon filled pancakes! }

ImageImageImageImage{ This guy is amazing at what he does. With a simple pair of scissors and a black piece of the paper, he cuts the outline of your profile. He was doing my sister’s profile and you can see what the final product looks like on the right. It’s amazing! And it only takes about 10 minutes! }ImageImageImageImageImageImage{ Shout-out to someone special! }




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