Paris, the cool city of underground surprises

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve traveled there so many times I’ve lost count, and why? Well, because Paris is a city full of odd and unusual things to see and do – there is always something going on, or something to keep me occupied.  I like to theme my visits to add a little extra flair, and this time I went with “Paris Below Ground”.

Where do you start with a Paris Below Ground theme? 

Well, with the Paris Catacombs of course. The Catacombs de Paris are just south of the old city gate at Place Denfert-Rochereau. It’s really easy to get to by metro; just take M4 or M6 motorway, or hop on the RER B train. Incidentally, there are some excellent hotels in the area which are just down the street from Gare de Montparnesse.

The Catacombs were created in the late 1800s as a way to deal with the overcrowded church cemeteries. People were fascinated with the whole concept, and the Catacombs were eventually opened to the public in 1874. I don’t want to say too much about it so I don’t spoil the surprise. What I can say is, it’s one of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited in Paris, and it’s something you really have to see next time visit this beautiful city.

OK, so on to the next underground attraction for my themed trip. Next on my agenda was Le Muse des Egouts de Paris. Yes, if you know a little French, you guessed it, the Sewer museum of Paris. It’s a bit tough to find, but I was well prepared with my map. Take the metro line M9 to Alma-Marceau. Exit the metro and find the river. Now cross over the river on the Pont de l’Alma. Just on your left after you cross the bridge, you will see the ticket booth for the museum. This odd museum combines a love for all things engineering with a bit of a spooky eerie atmosphere. Basically it is fun, different, and something hardly anyone knows about.

See what I mean about Paris being full of interesting things. Have you discovered anything odd and unusual in Paris that was fun to do?

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