"Happy the one who always has in front of eyes the hour of its death and who prepares every day to die."
Today was a bit of a morbid day I suppose. We went first to the catacombs this morning. Waiting in line we met a really nice British family that we talked with for a while. They were great fun, and visiting Paris for only a few days. We actually helped them figure out where they were, how to get to places and recommended a few spots as well, so it was nice to get to help someone else for a change!
The catacombs was probably the most surreal experience I have ever had. Walking down a seemingly never-ending spiral staircase you ever at the bottom in a rather well lit area giving you back information about the catacombs before you are plunged into sudden darkness, and surrounded by skeletons in a narrow passage. It's like coming into an entirely new world. I've never been so close to skeletons and the entire trip through the several passages of bones my stomach was clenched, I was chilled and I wanted to hold my breath. I wanted to just sit in total silence because the experience just seemed so un-real.
After finally getting out of the catacombs we grabbed a panini for lunch and sat and talked for a while. I love panini's and it was very yummy! Tomatoes, and different types of cheese, just a very simple, yummy sandwich. The best part was that it was hot which was great since I was still chilled from the catacombs!
After lunch we took our most complicated metro trip yet (B to 6 to A I think) and managed it without a hitch! We are totally mastering the metro system, woot! But after that metro ride we got off and we headed to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, one of the largest in Paris. And it was massive!
I think I might have liked the Montparnasse one more because it seemed less touristy and had more unique monuments but it was still amazing just by the sheer size and volume of the graves. The monuments were more detailed and some of the statues were really breath-taking. It would be a great place to go and sit and write or read. So peaceful (aside from the tourists) and silent.
After that we went on a journey to find a Gothic Lolita Boutique... I had an address and a location circled on the map... but the map made it look deceptively closer to the metro than it was, so we walked for a while but we did find it! Unfortunately it was closed but that will totally be a trip for another day!
This weekend has really left me exhausted, I took a nap after we got back and have just stayed in my room the rest of the day. I did go out to the park and read and walk around which was very relaxing, it's easier to appreciate nature when everything it so beautiful.