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Tuesday 21st - Got back into Paris for our final wind down. Stayed on the other side of town this time right near Moulin Rouge which we had booked for tonight. Went to a fantastic French restaurant around the corner before our show at 11pm. Waited in line for 40 minutes before finally getting inside - we had seats right near the stage. Bottle of Champagne was included which Teneale didn't like so ...
... and we started to shuffle forward. As they only allow 200 people in at a time, and we were a long way back - it was starting to look like we might not make it, but luckily we managed to squeak in at #194 - #198! The catacombs are great, albeit quite morbid. If you're freaked out by small confined spaces, or lots of skeletons, or BOTH, then you're going to have a bad time. If your curiosity is stronger than that though, it is a very interesting tour. You descend about 200 ...
... allowed inside this church. Wandered & found cafe for late lunch then back on bus / buses for remainder of tour. A great way to see Paris, traffic extraordinary on way back, the cars, scooters & buses are everywhere, no set lanes. As I was struggling health wise we did not stop off at Notre Dame, will do that on Friday, will take the river cruise, as am struggling with all the walking, lack of fluids, etc, loosing voice, throat sore & glands up a little, ...
We finally reached Paris at 7.30am after what seemed like the longest journey ever! Luckily, we had our new French companions to teach us how to use the curious metro system as we had no clue and Sarah's and Becky's GCSE french seemed to have left the building! As per usual, we got lost finding our hostel and we have to thank the mysterious French man on a bike who came to our rescue and pointed us in the right direction (twice)!! We called him our guardian ...
From The Eiffel Tower we headed straight to the Paris Catacombs. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, the Paris Catacombs are underground tunnels lined with skulls and bones from 6 million people from the 1700's and 1800's whose bodies were removed from cemeteries around Paris due to overcrowding and disease. We knew this because Rachel had read all about it. She was so excited to see it.
Her excitement was short lived, as when we went ...