It’s been a very busy few weeks in Paris. Today, I rode my velib bike home from the Opéra past the Louvre and across the Seine. It really is the best way to experience Paris.
We’re coming up on two-and-a-half weeks in Paris. Last week, I explored the subterranean side of Paris in all different shapes and sizes:
- I delved into the Catacombs of Paris, where over 6 million skeletons of former Parisians lay.
- I went into the Paris sewers and saw the route Jean Valjean took to carry the dying Marius to safety in Les Miserables.
- And I went to a fabulous restaurant, Spring, where in addition to eating one of the best meals of my life in a stone-lined cave-transformed-into-basement, we got to tour the cave far underneath the restaurant which was used to hide Jews in World War II.
Now it’s time to choose our next adventure in Paris!
It was a sunny spring morning and we walked through the Luxembourg Gardens and down Rue Saint Michel on the way to the Catacombs. Caroline was visiting from the States, and when we got to the entrance to Les Catacombes des Paris, I left her in line to check the information booth for the cost of tickets and to see if there were any announcements. The tickets were reasonably priced, but I found a innocent looking printed paper that said the following…
Thank you so much for your votes for Adventure #3! My next adventure in Paris will be…
Caving in Paris! Explore the huge system of caverns, caves, and catacombs below Paris, left from when the Romans quarried the region for stone. Every once in a while a bit of Paris plunges into a hole.
When leaving for Paris, do not drop your phone into the toilet. There are certainly other granules of wisdom you can shake from this story, but at the top of the list is to keep your phone far away from any body of water. Especially, toilet water.
We’ve been in Paris for a week and have already accomplished two amazing adventures. I’ll share more details about what happened when I had to ask directions in French to Pére Lachaise Cimetiere soon.
In the meantime, it’s time to vote for our next adventures in Paris. Below are four imaginative adventures, all submitted by Dan Knight (thanks for the great suggestions Dan!).
Let’s look at our options.
I used to think the purpose of hats was to keep your head warm, to keep the sun out of your eyes, and to look cool.
Today, we leave for Paris. Which means you have until we land at midnight eastern time to choose my first adventure.
When you spend three grand on plane tickets to Europe for your eighty-five year old Grandma’s destination wedding, you might as well spread the cost out and make it a longer visit.
As precarious as dating is in your eighties (your nursing home or mine?), why make it harder by revealing you’re a decade older than your significant other.