Day 9 - Our last day in Paris was spent picnicing with Jon’s friend at Luxembourg Gardens. After working our way through a baguette with ham and cheese, and a cheap bottle of wine, we headed to the Catacombs of Paris Museum. For some reason no one ever talks about this place but I would say it’s a must-see when in Paris. Basically, in the late 1700s, due to space constraints and contamination of rotting corpses, depleted quarries 20 meters below ground were used to store the bones of the dead bodies. It’s estimated that 6 million Parisians are resting there. The walk-through is only about 2 kilometers long but the entire Catacombs network is approximately 300 kilometers. To put that in perspective, the subway system in Paris is 199 kilometers long. In the photo, the bones are neatly stacked, but I’m pretty sure every where else not open to the public is just a pile of bones. When you exit, they check your bags to make sure you haven’t taken a souvenir. They actually had a pile of skulls and bones for people who tried to snag them.
The next stop was the train station as we boarded a 12 hour overnight train to Barcelona. We had a 4 person couchette/sleeper.
This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.