Thursday, September 1, 2011


Exactly a year ago today I was in Paris, it was my 3rd trip to the city of light, and I was just as thrilled to be there as if it was my first time. There is something about a city like Paris that draws you in and holds you captive. 

After enjoying a meal and show at the world famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge, we headed next door to O'Sullivans by the Mill, a popular Irish pub, to party the night away. There was a lot of dancing and mingling with the locals.  At some stage during the night the bar was lit on fire when a round of Jägerbomb was served. Just make sure you don't stand too close to the bar when they do it, or you might end up with singed eyebrows. 

Paris is well known for its culture, pick up a Paris museum pass if you are spending a few days in the city, it'll give you free entry to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris. And if you time your visit right, you can check out the major galleries such as Musee d' Orsay, the Orangerie, Musee Picasso, the Louvre and many others for free. All the national museums are free on the first Sunday of each month, but be prepared for the crowd. 

For those wanting to experience something different, Catacombes de Paris is a must. This underground ossuary holds the remains of 6 million people. To reach the ossuary entry we had to descend about 20 meters of spiral stone stairwell, and walk through a long, dark and twisting hallway of mortared stone. The inscription at the entrance reads Arrête, c'est ici l'empire de la Mort (Stop, this is the empire of Death). This place is definitely not for the faint hearted.

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