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Downtown the world famous spa resort of Baden-Baden

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Catacombs, Sacre Coeur and Jardin du Luxembourg

At the weekend while my daughter and I went to see Sacre Coeur, hubby went to inspect the catacombs of Paris. We didn't know there were any - in Rome, yes- until we read about it in a recent National Geographic.It was also described as one of the scariest tourist destination. We preferred to see the famous church in Montmartre, although it was mobbed which had to be expected. They say that the French are on vacation in August- except of course the ones who run the city and tourist destinations. Plus the tourists were out in force in spite of some nasty rain.
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.

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