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Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
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Explore the Catacombs of Paris with a virtual visit

Sure, the 41-minute virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House is cool and all, but if you want to really go for spooky, turn off the lights and start exploring the underground ossuaries below Paris. While physically closed to the public during this time of coronavirus, the virtual visit to the Catacombs of Paris is still open. The history of the Paris Catacombs starts in the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer...
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Bone-chilling legends of the Paris Catacombs

Buried beneath the streets of Paris you’ll discover the Paris Catacombs, preserving the bones of over 6 million people. Created due to a shortage of burial space, the Paris Catacombs are one of Paris’ eeriest and most mysterious sites. A plethora of legends and folklore surrounding this ossuary, lure more and more travelers each year […] The post Bone-chilling legends of the Paris Catacombs appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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Behold Félix Nadar’s Pioneering Photographs of the Paris Catacombs (1861)

As a tourist in England, one may be persuaded to pick a piece of merchandise with the now-ubiquitous slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On,” from a little-displayed World War II motivational poster rediscovered in 2000 and turned into the 21st-century's most cheeky emblem of stiff-upper-lip-ness. Travel across the Channel, however, and you’ll find another version of the sentiment, drawn not from war memorabilia but the ancient warning of memento mori. “Keep Calm and Remember You Will Die” say magnets,...
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The New Liberation of Paris Museum

The entrance to the museum on the Place Denfert-Rocherau, 14th. "We hope to inspire visitors to think about the stakes behind these combats, which have singular resonance today." - SYLVIE ZAIDMAN, MUSEUM DIRECTOR As some of you may know, the Liberation of Paris Museum actually already existed for many years at the back of the Jardin Atlantique, a garden on the roof of the Montparnasse train station. Despite what should have been a cool location for people to visit this free municipal museu...
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10 of the Most Spooktacularly Mysterious Attractions in France

France is filled with old, fascinating and spooky places to see. Check out these mysterious attractions in France that will send a shudder down your spine. Taking a trip to France and want to see more than the usual museums and sidewalk cafes? Like most of Europe, France is full of culture, but it also has a dark and spooky past. There are plenty of beautifully creepy sites with a ghostly story behind it. Many of them from hundreds of years ago. Where do you find these historical haunts? ...
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Unusual Place of the Month: The Catacombs of Paris

Underneath the city of Paris, you’ll find a honeycomb of tunnels. The tunnel system is a giant maze and no one knows quite how many tunnels or chambers there are out there. Paris is, after all, a very old city that has been built and rebuilt many times. It’s what is left of rock quarries built an expanded over the center. The French resistance used these tunnels during World War II, and rave parties flourished there during the 1990s. Victor Hugo used his knowledge about the tunnel system when h...
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2 Teens Get Lost in Skeleton-Lined Catacombs of Paris for 3 Days

Two teenage boys have been rescued after three days underground in the skeleton-lined labyrinth of the Catacombs of Paris
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You can now spend the night in Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's lair, thanks to Airbnb

Searching for a truly terrifying Halloween experience? Why not sleep in a coffin in Transylvania like a true vampire? Bran Castle in Romania, which was the inspiration for Count Dracula's castle in Bram Stoker's classic story, has been listed on Airbnb as part of a Halloween giveaway. The castle accommodates two people, who will get to sleep in individual specially designed, velvet-trimmed coffins for free on October 31. Airbnb has partnered with novelist Dacre Stoker — "Dracula" author Bram Sto...
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How to Avoid Lines at the Paris Catacombes

The Paris Catacombes are known for their long waiting lines. No one likes wasting time in lines, right? A popular misconception is that going “early” is the best tactic to avoid lines. When I run past in the morning at 9am – a full hour before they open – there are already at least a dozen people standing in front of the door. They have guaranteed they’ll be waiting an hour to get in. That’s just absurd. As I’ve mentioned before, almost everyone goes to the museums first thing in the mornin...
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The World’s Top 25 Attractions

Here are the Top 25 Attractions in the World Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. * * * * * * Welcome to the 2016 Viator Travel Awards: Top 25 Attractions We’ve read hundreds of traveler reviews and pored over data from our most popular tours to...
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