A PARISIAN WEEKEND – DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW)

Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman

Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Not a bad view from our hotel room. We stayed in the Hotel Libertel Canal Saint Martin which ended up being pretty ideal for us. Seeing as we were only there to sleep, it was everything we needed, nothing too fancy in a good location. It’s about a 10 minute walk to Gare Du Nord Train Station and 30 seconds away from Jaures Metro Station which took us anywhere we needed to be in about 15 minutes.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   When in Rome… erm Paris.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman    After popping back to Notre Dame like I mentioned in my previous post the weather took a turn for the worse and got a bit on the wet side, so we headed to the Art Ludique museum to check out a rad exhibition on Aardman studios. After hearing it was on during our trip we just had to go as my mum bloody loves Shaun the Sheep. Plus, I think everyone in England has grown up with Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Morph and Creature Comforts. Unfortunately no photos were allowed in the exhibition but it was really fascinating, well worth checking out if it ever comes nearby.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Thankfully the weather had brightened up after the exhibition in time for the 3 hour queue to go down in to Paris’ creepy Catacombs, which we thought personally was worth the wait. Just take bakery treats to occupy you in the queue. Alternatively, I’m sure you can book tickets online for a designated arrival slot. Tickets were €10 I think. Once you pay, you head down 130 steps to begin your underground maze adventure (wear comfy shoes)Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Thankfully these stairs we didn’t have to go down…
Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman
How amazing are these sculptures? A lot of people seemed to not appreciate the time, effort and details to the maze before the main crypt area that everyone is keen to witness. Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   I think it’s about 2km of (under)ground you cover, and we took about an hour to walk through it all.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Stop! This is the Empire of DeathJulia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   It felt eerie at first, walking through the passageways lined with hundreds and thousands of bones, but it doesn’t take long to come to ease with your surroundings.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Most walls have patterns and symbols marked out from the different bones in there.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Apparently there’s the remains of over 6 MILLION people down there. Also, due to how vast the caves are, no tall buildings can be built over the passages in case of a cave in and the fact they can’t lie proper building foundations.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   It seems like you’re never going to see daylight again after a while.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Finally you emerge back on to the streets of Paris after climbing another 83 steps. It was a lovely evening so we strolled around the streets of the area shopping the local boutiques before popping on a Metro towards the Eiffel Tower.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   We took the Metro to the Trocadero Station as we’d read the view from the Trocadero Gardens of the Tower was ideal for sunset and the lightshow which followed. There’s also a bunch of food, drink and tacky souvenir stalls… the crepes smelt so amazing we couldn’t resist.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   One thing you’ll read a lot about Paris is to be careful of pick pockets, the Eiffel Tower is rife with gypsys, beggers, street ‘performers’ and con men and women, be careful with your belongings and don’t sign up to anyones “charity”.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Once the sun set the Eiffel Tower lit up the sky. We parked our butts on a wall and waited for the light show which is on the hour, every hour.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   The hundreds of lights flash so fast the tower sparkles against the dark sky.Julia Beaumont A PARISIAN WEEKEND - DAY 2 (AARDMAN EXHIBITION, CATACOMBS, EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW) Paris Travel  Travel Paris France Eiffel Tower Catacombs Aardman   Tacky souvenirs galore (I did pick up some great little keyrings for my friends though).

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