It does not matter how many times you come to Paris, there is always something fascinating and unusual that you may have missed on your previous visit. Here is a list of five unusual places in Paris that visitors to the region may enjoy exploring.
1. Catacombs – The catacombs are a series of inter-connected quarry tunnels located well underneath the city of Paris that were converted into an ossuary. This was done towards the end of the 18th century when the Parisian cemeteries no longer had space to bury the dead, and bones were brought from the cemeteries and deposited in these underground quarries to be neatly arranged inside. Visitors can take up the guided tours that last for 45 minutes and view the Catacombs which are open everyday except on Mondays. The tours begin at 10 am and entry is charged at 8 euros.
2. Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps – This is one of the more interesting places to shop in Paris and the Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps are located in beautiful ten-storey building that has an elaborately decorated glass dome. The six floors of this building are stocked with designer clothes, accessories and art. The building is open everyday from 9.30 am onwards and those lucky enough to view it during Christmas will see it beautifully lit and decorated.
3. Orsay Museum – This is a museum that is located inside a large railway station and houses several sculptures, paintings and art exhibits of eminent artists like Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, James Whistler and Vincent Van Gogh. The building is by itself an architectural marvel and the six statues in the lobby that symbolise the six continents are very impressive. The museum also has a cafeteria and a bookshop and is open from 10 am with entrance rates set at 9-10 Euros.
4. The Pont des Arts – Also known as the Passerelle des Arts, this iron bridge crosses the river Louvre, and provides excellent views of the river and the city. You can walk across the bridge and view art exhibitions that are displayed by artists. Visitors will also be able to see several padlocks on the bridge that are said to be symbols left behind by couples in love.
5. The Pere Lachaise Cemetery – This is one the largest hillside cemeteries in Paris and features hundreds of trees, walkways and the tombs of famous and noted personalities like Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Proust and Chopin.
Written by James of Holiday Velvet, James works in the Travel Industry and deals with Apartments in Paris, France.