Friday, August 7, 2009

Catacombs

I learned French partly through a program called French in Action.There is an episode where they go to the Catacombs of Paris.  I'd always wanted to go and finally got my chance this trip.  It is a series of tunnels where they mined for the stone that many of the buildings are made of in Paris.  The tunnels are endless and cover a huge area below Paris.  A part of the the tunnels are dedicated to storing bones of overflowing cemeteries in the 1800s.  The bones were arranged in artful patterns and stacked into tapered pillars and curving walls.  Quite haunting and beautiful.



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