Weekend in Paris!!

AND LEAH IS HEREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leah came to Europe to travel through France and Germany and I was able to meet up with her and her friend in Paris for the weekend! I took the train from Stuttgart to Paris and it was super easy to get there, find the apartment, and then head out to meet them near the Louvre. They did a lot of planning before hand so I tagged along with them to some awesome Parisian activities. We stayed in an apartment close to the Eiffel Tower which was a prime location and we were able to easily access everything we wanted.

We spent Friday afternoon walking through central Paris and checked out the Catacombs. There was a pretty long line but it was definitely worth it! They were built after the cemetaries around Paris were full and they needed somewhere else to place bodies so they moved a lot of bones there. We couldn’t believe how close you could get to the bones, they were not enclosed or protected at all. Here are 2 pictures, the bones were stacked in walls made from mostly long bones (femurs, tibiae, ulnae, etc) with skulls placed in rows across.

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After the Catacombs we relaxed under the lights of the Eiffel Tower. We took food and wine and spent the evening people watching and admiring the lights on the Eiffel Tower- it lights up every hour! (I tried to post a video but it won’t let me upload the file so a picture will have to do!)

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On Saturday Leah and I did a 5 mile run around Paris where we saw the Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Elysees, and a palace. After that we headed to a cemetery where quite a few famous people are buried, we saw Jim Morrisons grave, but Oscar Wilde is also there. There were also quite a few large mausoleums where families of wealth were buried. Below is Jim Morrison’s grave:

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We spent the afternoon checking out some of the famous Parisian Chocolatiers and seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral. We also saw the Moulin Rouge, but we didn’t go in that one!

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On Sunday we went out for bruch because you can’t have a trip to Paris without crepes! I had 2- 1 savory and 1 sweet, the picture is Nutella and caramel sauce!

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Then we took the train back to Stuttgart! Stay tuned for my next post about our last few days in Germany!

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