Thursday, June 20, 2013

Paris Day 4




As we previously stated, we relied solely on the Metro system and our two feet for our entire trip. It does take some planning and getting used to but the metro is very easy to use once you get a hang of it and you will save yourself some money. The Metro was always full of people and we even took it a few times after midnight and did not feel unsafe. We highly recommend that you always be vigilant, aware of your surrounding and belongings. If your gut tells you somethings weird, be safe and avoid the area.



(Someone was already getting a little freaked out! Not mentioning any names...)

One of Mr. P’s top things to see in Paris is the Catacombes. This eerie underground tomb contains the bones of more than 6 million Parisians whose decomposing corpses were rotting in the unsanitary cemetery in Les Halles in 1787.  It took 15 months for the city to transport all of the bones to this resting place via huge carts in the middle of the night while the residents slept. Today, you can see (but not touch) the seemingly never-ending piles of bones beneath the busy boulevards, apartments and cafes. This unbelievable piece of Paris history has been fascinating tourists for hundred of years. 


 (Sculptures created be Décure, one of the quarrymen)
  (Sculpture of Fortress Port-Mahon, in Minorca where it is believed that Décure had been a prisoner.)
  (The Qarrymen's Footbath. This is a body of fresh water that the quarrymen used to mix cement while working in the catacombs.)
  (Entrance to the Ossuary)
  (Ontop of the door entrance is says "Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort” or Stop! This is the empire of death!)




 (Are we almost out yet???)
 (The bones here are from the Cemetery of Innocents dating back to 1787.)


Important information for you to know if you are visiting the Catacombs:

  • The entire tour is 1.3 miles long or 2km
  • The entire tour takes about 50 to 55 minutes
  • There are no restrooms, so make sure to go before
  • There is only 1 entrance and 1 exit 
  • The entrance and exit are in different locations
  • The catacombs are much cooler than the temperature at street level


After a quick metro ride, we visited Musee d’Orsay just before they closed for the day. Adults and kids alike can appreciate the history of the building, as it was once a train station in the 19th century. Today it contains artwork from 1848-1914, including Claude Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Rodin.

 (One of Monet's artworks. After we took this photo we realized photography was not allowed. It is a shame because they are a lot of famous and recognizable painting in this museum.)



We had dinner at the oldest restaurant in Paris: Polidor, located at 41 rue Monsieur Le Prince. They open for dinner at 7pm, and by 7:05pm, the long wooden tables are filled with locals and tourists admiring the delicious food and old world charm. The lamps, mirrors, woodwork, tile floors and other décor are clearly the originals from the 19 century when the doors opened for the first time.




This rustic eatery filled the bellies of famous authors, poets and artists, including Ernest Hemingway and Victor Hugo. 






The waitress recommended a fabulous Bordeaux wine that was delicious. Each meal came with an appetizer, so we decided to get two different dishes. As appetizers Mrs. P had a pumpkin soup and Mr. P was a little more adventurous and tried pork pâté.



Mrs. P had the Beef Bourguignon and Mr. P had the steak and frites (French fries). Both dishes tasted homemade and amazing! The comfort food they serve at Polidor is the type of food we imagine when we think of the food Julia Child must have prepared. 




For dessert, we shared a lemon tart and berry mousse with a black currant sauce. The lemon tart did not disappoint and the berry mousse was very different than anything we had eaten before. The mousse was sweet while the black currant sauce was a little bitter. Both desserts were great choices!



The entire time we were at Polidor, we saw this large jar full of cherries and some type of liquor. We were very curious so we order a glass as an after dinner drink. It was almost like a cherry brandy and very strong.. We are glad we tried it.

We were not far from our apartment so we started walking to towards it when we came across a movie theatre.  We noticed that a movie was about to begin so we decided to go watch a movie. The theatre was showing American movies but the titles were different. They were shown in English with French subtitles.




After the movie, we did a little more exploring of the Latin Quarter. Believe it or not, the area is even more lively at night and all the restaurants and bars stay open very late. We are so glad that we chose this neighborhood for our stay in Paris.


32 comments:

  1. Oh I want to see Paris one day! :)

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  2. You two are adorable. And that berry mousse? Yes, please!

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays

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  3. I'd love to visit the catacombes! Great clicks and lovely food.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. It sounds like you are having a marvelous time. Paris is a city made for the young. Enjoy every minute of it. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  5. What a great post. I am loving the pictures!

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  6. I tell ya, if I ever travel to Paris again, I'm coming back and referencing YOUR photos! Looks like you had the time of your life and captured every little special moment. I love it!

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    1. Thanks Georgia... Paris is always a good idea...

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  7. I always use public transportation in Europe, but mostly because I'm too scared to drive there!

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    1. lol we drove one day. that was an adventure

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  8. Hooray for public transportation!

    I love everything about this post. When I go to Paris you're going to be my virtual tour guide.

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  9. wow, I had no idea that Paris had catacombs, how fascinating! It sounds like another amazing day in Paris. I know you made wonderful memories you'll reminisce about all of your lives!

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  10. I can't wait to see Day 5...and Day 4 makes me wish we were going back to Paris next week. We didn't make it to catacombs on our last trip but we'll have to do it next time. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. We missed the catacombs...guess we'll have to go back. LOVED the D'Orsay...and your meal looks phenomenal!

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  12. I want to try that mousse! Look forward to day 5!

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  13. Fabulous pictures for Day 4 in Paris - you certainly visited some very special places on that day and had wonderful and delicious French food! What fun postings your Paris adventures are! I am enjoying them all!
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

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  14. That tombs looks pretty scary!! Yikes!!

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    1. They were creepy but part of history

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  15. yep pleased I missed those tombs freaky :p) I want the berry dessert

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    1. lol.... They were interesting.... =)

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  16. Oh my...what a fun and delicious trip. I'm really drooling over the food pictures. That berry mousse is really unique. can't wait to see the rest of your trip posts.

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  17. Hey! What kind of clothes one should pack for September last week visit to Paris? And if it's just a two day visit, what all places would you recommend?

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