Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Catacombs, Sacre Coeur and Jardin du Luxembourg
Hubby waited almost two hours in line to get into the Catacombs, an underground ossuary at today's Place Denfert- Rochereau where about 6 millions remains are interred. In the late 18th century, Paris cemeteries were literally overflowing . Sanitary conditions around the church and cemetery Saints Innocents became so unhealthy that the city had to act. One man got the task to solve the problem Police Lieutenant General, Alexandre Lenoir. Bodies were moved to underground mines from several surrounding graveyards.
The more morbidly inclined can read up on the subject Catacombs_of_Paris.
After that a stroll in the fresh air of the gardens were quite in order to bring hubby back to the here and now.
We weaseled our way to the Porte de Clignancourt where I had made cheap purchases at the famous flea market many moons ago. Today the area is firmly in African-Arab hands and we two blondes stuck out like a sore thumb. My daughter took many pictures of foreign garbs and head gears and was quite content to skip the actual market due to persistent rain.