Au revoir Paris!
Paris Travel Blog› entry 7 of 7 › view all entries
February 2nd, 2010 – by: missandrea81
We paid the 8 Euros/ person to get in. We descended into the tunnel system of Paris and a narrow, winding staircase. I was really dizzy by the time we got down. The lack of fresh oxygen didn't help either.
The bones and skulls that are kept here were moved from other Parisian cemeteries in the 1800s.
Walking around down there and with no one ahead of us, the first guard we came across scared the hell out of me. I was walking around one of the support pillars to see which way to follow next and there he/she (can't remember) sat in the half dark corner. Holy hell, I about had a heart attack right there.
The tunnels are rather creepy I guess. It's dark, the air is stale and there are altars and crosses everywhere. Not church like crosses either. Painted in black paint. Yeah. Like I said. A bit creepy. Also if you're claustrophobic, probably not the thing for you either. I'm 5'11 and had to duck my head a couple of times.
We spend a little over 1 hour in the catacombs before making our way back out. At the exit all bags were searched, because apparently people like taking souvenirs. There were a couple of skulls and bones laying out on the table to prove that the inconvenience was necessary.
We had a about an hour to kill before we had to seriously consider making our way to Care L'Est, so we got a real cup of coffee at Starbucks. By real, I mean, real sized.
We picked up our luggage at the hotel and got on the metro to the east train station of Paris. From here we got on our direct train back to Stuttgart. I had bought the tickets through www.deutschebahn.de. Printed the ticket at home and had reserved seat to and from Paris. Funny was, that every time our seat were already occupied by somebody, but after a short discussion had "our" seats. The train ride was uneventful for the most part.
There was a couple being searched by German border patrol for god knows what. We never quite found out. Back in Stuttgart we had to figure out which train would bring us closer to home. It was snowing like crazy and we had been 1 hour delayed because the train had to slow down a bit. I found the information right away and headed for our next platform. Hubby was in dire need for a smoke. There are "smoking squares" at train stations now. I had never seen it before. It cracked me up. All it is, is a yellow painted square on the floor, with an ashtray in the middle and a large sign saying smoking area. LOL So you need to be standing inside the marked area to smoke. Hilarious!
We arrived at the Boeblingen train station at 9 pm. Grabbed something to eat and then got a cab home. Meanwhile snow was falling non stop. Ahhh... It's good to be home. ;)
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