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The Catacombs Paris and the Sewers of Paris are both incredible Paris underground tourist attractions. Is it interesting? Is it too scary? Yes it's worth to visit Paris Catacombs. Yes it's scary for little kids!
Address: 1 place Denfert-Rochereau, 14th arrondissement. Metro: Denfert-Rochereau. Entry price is 8 Euros. The museum is open from 10 am. to 17 pm every day except Monday. Allow one hour for the tour.
Every year, more than 50 000 people descend the 90 steps to see what is look like 6 million skeletons!
The fees of the guided visits are added to the full price ticket. Individual visitors : 4,50 Euros + individual admission fee
Going down the Catacombs is a very special visit. Over 6 millions of skeletons, bones and cranes are stored 90 steps below ground. Don't take your 6 years old daughter to this fascinating place.
All these bones come from the Cimetiere des Innocents and other cemeteries. This Cimetiere des Innocents was located near les Halles and was over packed. At this time all the bones had been transferred to the Catacombs.
You go down with a narrow spiral stairwell of 90 steps. After a long twisting hallway you arrived to a stone plaque. It means "here is the empire of death".
The Catacombs Paris have been renovated in 2005. Still not much light you can bring a flashlight with you.
Apollo: 3, place Denfert Rochereau. A very short walk 1 minute from the Catacombs Paris. Open every day noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm. It's one of the biggest restaurants in Paris. Lunch around 15 Euros. The food is good. One of its specialty seven-hour roasted beef.
L'Opportun: 64 bd Edgar Quinet. Closed on Sunday. Ten minutes to go to this very good restaurant. Walk northeast on Denfer-Rochereau,turn right and left at bd Raspail. Left at bd Edgar Quinet. Price around 20 Euros. Lyonnaise food, escargots and excellent meat veal or beef.
La Coupole: 102 bd Montparnasse. Open every day. Thirteen minutes from the Catacombs Paris. Walk head northeast Denfert-Rochereau, turn left and right to stay on Denfert-Rochereau. Turn left at bd Raspail, left at bd du Montparnasse. One of the favorite Parisians brasserie. Specialities of shellfish. Also steaks and foie gras.
The Sewers of Paris or les Egouts in French are a quite known visit in the Capital. They are the second largest sewers in the world (2400 kilometers long) after Chicago. During the tour, there is a movie about the history of the waste disposal. When you walk in the sewers, you can see above you the names of the streets of Paris.
Address: Quai d'Orsay 75007 Paris. Metro: Alma Marceau
Opening hours: Sat to Wed 11 am-4 pm Oct 1st to Apr 30th. Open Sat to Wed 11 am-5 pm May 1st to Sept 30th. Closed Thursday and Friday.
Les Ombres: 27 quai Branly. Open every day. Three minutes away from the Sewers. Head west on Quai d'Orsay. Right at place de la Resistance and continue onto Quai Branly. Full view of the Eiffel Tower that's the reason to come to this restaurant located at the top floor of the Musee du Quai Branly. Reasonable price for lunch.
Les Cocottes: 135 rue St-Dominique. Closed Sunday and Monday. Seven minutes away from the Sewers. Head west on Quai d'Orsay. Left at Place de la Resistance. Slight left at av Bosquet. Right at rue St-Dominique. New bistro, salads, soups verrines (light dishes served in jars) and cocottes (served in cast-iron pots). Main courses around 15 Euros.
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