Just a great day in Paris. We left the room at 9am (early for us) and arrived at the Eiffel tower and there were huge lines so we decided to move on. We went to the Paris catacombs which date back to the 1780s and over six million people have their bones in the huge underground cavern. It took about 45 minutes to complete the walk. The catacombs were created because Paris ran out of space for burying people. During the wait to get in we met a mother, her mother-in-law, and son and they lived in Madison, WI which shows it is a small world. We had a great time with them and after the catacombs we toured a nearby cemetery. The cemetery had large burial plots for entire families and you could see how Paris ran out of space.
Outside of the catacomb entrance. It was an extensive complex of tunnels that stretch on for miles.
Here are the people from Madison, WI we met. After the catacombs we went to a nearby cemetery which is where I took this photo.
Just a sample of the gravesites. These were some of the smaller ones.
We parted ways with the fellow Wisconsinites and had lunch. We traveled to Notre Dame and we wanted to go to the top of the building but there was a long line so we opted for a visit inside and will go to the top on our next visit. It is a beautiful cathedral.
Outside of Notre Dame.
We decided to take a tour of the city by boat which was a fun time. I didn’t realize how much of the city was built on the Seine River. Below is our boat which took us to the Eiffel Tower.
While there was a line at the Eiffel Tower we decided to join it and we finally got in. There was a 45 minute wait to go to the top of the tower so we decided to stop at the second floor which was plenty high for us.
David and Alex in the Eiffel Tower.
I love the Eiffel Tower so one last shot of it. Look at that blue sky. We’ve had phenomenal weather thus far both in England and France. Simply gorgeous.
After the Eiffel Tower we had our evening meal at the same mobile crepe cart we did yesterday.
When we arrived the fellow was just setting up and there was a cart a short distance away. I asked the boys if they wanted to go to the one that was set up and they said no, they wanted to wait for, “our guy,” so we did.
Here are David and Alex in the window of our apartment. We are literally just off the sidewalk.
Tomorrow we have chocolate croissants and then head to the airport for our flight to Barcelona, Spain to meet my brother and his family. A wonderful time in Paris and the Parisians were first rate!