Hi my travelistas! On today’s travelsode of Travel Unplugged, we are going 60 feet under street level to explore Les Catacombes (the ossuary where the bones of 6 million Parisians are housed). Located at 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy in the 14th Arrondissement. They only allow 200 visitors at a time. Due to the length of the tour (up to 1 hour) and the fact that you walk down 130 steps (and up 80 steps), it’s not recommended for those with limited mobility.
The Catacombs are so freaking awesome! The bones are stacked up 5 feet high in very cool arrangement of femurs, tibias and skulls. I kept waiting for Sammy Terry to pop out and say, “Bonjour Madamoiselle, I’ve been waiting for you!” Then I’d have screamed, died on site and had my bones mixed in with the others.
As I say in the video, what I can’t get with is that the bones are mixed up all willy nilly. You know they didn’t try to figure out who is Celine and who is Francois. And it would be my luck that if I was one of the dead, my bones would be mixed up with my arch nemesis (we’ll name her Becky since it starts with a “b”) and my ex (who we will call Leroix so it sounds French). You know who ain’t trying to have their femur mixed with Becky’s tibia and Leroix’s skull? Me. I have gone to Glory and need time to rest. And I know they ain’t walking the golden streets of heaven…because if they are, then I’d need to go speak with Peter about their quality control process and review their paperwork to ensure that error is corrected and they are given tickets to go down South 🙂 Ha!
If you visit Paris, be sure to check out The Catacombs in all of its macabre splendor!
Daily from 10am to 8pm (last admission at 7pm), except Mondays and some holidays.
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