At the end of each day in Paris, while we were having dinner...I would ask Brea and Sean what was their favorite thing we did that day...this was Sean's favorite and it remained his favorite of all the things we did in Paris.
We waited in line for about 45 minutes...we descended 130 steps. This is the sign that greeted us...
"Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort"...Stop! Here is the empire of death.
This place was amazing...6 million people are buried down here...bones are everywhere...all stacked at least 25 meters deep. It is an amazing place.
In 2004, Brea wanted to go to the Catacombs. I was a bit anxious to go because I'm a little claustrophobic. We had lunch nearby and I backed out at the last minute.
I know...I know...I'm a chicken. Brea went by herself...being the good mommy I am...I thought there would be lots of people with her...no problem. There were a group of students before her in line and nobody behind her. She paid her ticket and by the time she went downstairs to the entrance...nobody was around.
Brea said she started to freak out and walked a little faster to see if she could catch up with the group of students but she couldn't find them.
Nobody was down in the catacombs except her. She calmed herself down and started to take in the sites. At one point as Brea was walking...she thought she saw something move from the corner of her eye.
Watching the video tape later...there is a point in the tape where you can see Brea jump and the camera shake...it's quite funny to watch...but she said it wasn't so funny at the time.
Half way through Brea started to enjoy the Catacombs and her walk through it...she said it was really cool. She had told Sean all about it and wanted to go again. This time I didn't chicken out. I had been to the catacombs in Rome. It was very interesting...so I decided to brave the Paris catacombs.
I'm glad I did...it was fun to experience this with Brea and Sean. It was quite dark with dim lighting...it wasn't claustrophobic. The walkways were quite large. It was cool and damp...which was wonderful since it was a very warm & humid day. It took us 45 minutes to walk the catacombs and this was only a portion of what lays beneath Paris. Did we see anything unearthly? No...and even though it seemed a little eerie it was quite fascinating to see all the bones of people who lived on this earth so many years ago. I give Brea alot of kudos for walking down there all by herself in 2004...I couldn't do it without freaking out ALOT! The funniest part was the "bone check" at the end before exiting the catacombs. People have been know to carry bones and skulls out...now that is weird!
All the pictures of the skulls and bones were taken on my IPhone. The lighting was so poor that my Nikon had a hard time focusing. Sean is a man of few words...asked why this was his favorite...he just said, "It was very cool!" Can't argue with that!
"All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity."