Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Les Catacombes

This catacomb was built in 1810 to solve Paris' overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones and storing them here. It is also the world's largest grave as it holds the remains of more 6 million people.

We reached there at about 5.05 pm

We have to queue for 1.5 hours to get in 

The entrance to the Catacombes

130 steps to go down

Only this 1.5 km long tunnel is open to the public
(unless you are a cataphile)

"Stop! This is the Empire of the Dead"

The movie As Above, So Below was filmed here

This catacomb was originally the limestone quarries initially situated on the outskirt of Paris before the city expanded.

It is estimated that the maze of tunnels herein are about 300 km long

80 steps up to the street level

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Arc de Triomphe : The Viewing Platform

The platform provides a 360 degrees view of Paris.

The start of the 284 steps to the top

Camera showing the Tomb of Unknown Soldier

A model of the arch

We could see that the arch is the meeting point of 12 avenues coming from 12 different directions.

The Eiffel Tower


Time to go down

The spiral staircase

Arc de Triomphe

This arch was built by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. Beneath the arch lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the eternal flames burns.

The height of the arch is 50 m

The names of the military leaders of the French Revolution and Empire are engraved on the inner  walls of the arch

The ceiling with 21 sculpted roses

Le Depart de 1792
Commemorates the First French Republic

Le Triomphe de 1810
Shows Napoleon being crowned by the Goddess of Victory

Le Resistant de 1814
Commemorates the War of the Sixth Coalition

La Paix de 1815
Commemorates the Treaty of Paris

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I
Here lies a French soldier who died for the fatherland 1914–1918

Champs-Elysees from the arch


It is reputed to be the most famous avenue in the world.

We stopped at George V station so that we could walk along Champs-Elysees toward the arch.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Gare de Lyon Station

Our first destination was the Arc de Triomphe.

Gare de Lyon Station

The Clock Tower

Waiting for the metro

We took the metro from here to George V station along Line 1.

Holiday Inn Gare De Lyon Bastille

We checked into our hotel after lunch

The hotel lobby

Our hotel

This sex shop is just beside the hotel

Our hotel is only about 250 m from the station