Paris – Again

Sneaky weekend away to Paris…not like that, with the family this time.  We arrive, its November, its raining and it does not stop but that is okay we have places to me.

For our first outing we head to The Catacombes.  Mr Elf and I have had two previous attempts to get into The Catacombes, so I am willing to cue in the rain for two hours to get in.  Yes two hours!  You can book tickets in advance which I would recommend, it is more expensive but definitely worth it.  Once inside you descend beneath Paris into her ossuaries.  The bones of six million Parisians are entombed below Paris, gathered from many of the old cemeteries and Charnal Houses of Paris.  The renovations that were started in 1810 transformed The Catacombes into an underground walk for the macabre of nature!

The Catacombes are full of history and are very fascinating.  I am very happy to have finally made it in.  Definitely recommend adding it to your list of Paris musts!

We finish our evening with a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the sparkly beauty of Paris.  Glorious as always.

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Venommmm….

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Hunterian Museum

This beautiful little museum tucked up in the Royal College of Surgeons is open Tuesday –  Saturdays 10am to 5pm.  It is well worth an hour or two of your time.  Even if it does feel a little bit of a shame when the sun is out and the sky so blue, but then again the Lincoln Fields is such a beautiful place in any case that the walk from tube to museum it beautiful and lush!

The museum its self is pack full of human and animal samples, the walls are shimmering with jars, it is a treasure trove of amazing things!  The museum is quite small and spread over two floors, the nerd in me feels as if this place is the “Hall of Prophesy” from Harry Potter!

There are the macabre and the intriguing.  There are lions’ pelvises and giant’s skeleton, lizard innards and syphilitic skulls!  Perhaps not a place for the squeamish or those likely to pass out due to the insides of peoples.

I confess I love the place, I have been hearing lots of times and will definitely be heading back again.  It has free entry and there are talks on various interesting subjects.  The website is http://www.hunterianmuseum.org/ and is full of information.