3 Things To Do On A Return Trip To Paris
Ah Paris! The City of Lights, Paname, The City of Love– whatever you want to call it, this capital city is enchanting all the same. Little or no introduction is needed as it’s already known for art, fashion, cuisine and its architectural beauty. Of course it’s important to see the iconic sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur and the Champs-Élysées but that’s just the beginning. Many tourists find themselves planning their next trip back before they’ve even left. Here are a few other things to experience upon your return that will take you off the major tourist circuit.
There are a myriad of museums to discover in Paris but you’ll be surprised to know that one of them spans 200 miles and is located 139 steps below the surface of the city. The Paris Catacombs were built in the late 18th century due to over crowded graveyards. The city was expanding and needed more space so they exhumed the bodies from cemeteries and put them underground in a network of old tunnels, caves and quarries. It is now home to the remains of 6 million people. There are many secret entrances throughout the city but they are off-limits to the public. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to find the non-descript entrance for tourists near “Place Denfert-Rochereau”. Once you’re in begin your 1.2 mile stroll through the underground network. You will find stacks and stacks of skulls and bones sometimes forming artistic shapes and patterns designed by prisoners who were forced to stack them many years ago. It takes 1-2 hours to walk the distance which will leave you a few blocks away from where you started. There are no bathrooms and it’s not advised for people who get easily claustrophobic. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but a memorable experience if you are feeling adventurous!
There are a lot of youtube videos on the Paris Catacombs but most are pretty long. Here is a shorter one that gives you a good idea of what it looks like down there.
Ever wanted to eat like a local in Paris? Food tours are the perfect way to learn more from coffee to main dishes, desserts and more. Amy took a food tour in Paris and loved it. Her only regret was not attending at the beginning of her trip so she could’ve used all the tips and tricks she learned during her stay. What’s great about food tours is you also learn things about the city that are completely unrelated to food.
Yes it may seem a bit macabre to spend time in Paris walking in underground catacombs or visiting graveyards but Père Lachaise should not be missed. Not only is it the largest cemetery in Paris, housing 1 million bodies, it is also the most visited graveyard in the world! It is situated in a beautiful garden and the tombs are so artistic it almost feels like you are walking through an outdoor museum. Oh and did I forget to mention that there are “beaucoup de” famous people buried here such as: Molière, Chopin, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf. It’s definitely a peaceful environment and will get you away from all the tourist hustle and bustle at least for a few hours!
“Paris is always a good idea”- Audrey Hepburn