Upstairs, Downstairs in Paris

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    1. Thank you Tracey. I would join the cataphiles too if I had the opportunity! Adi was not too pleased with me for dragging him into the Catacombs though.

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  1. Another great post. Paris was your destiny. 😉
    And compliments for the catacombs. never been able to go, there’s always a queue around the entire block. 🙂

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    1. Paris as my destiny…sounds grand. Thank you, I am brimming with photos and stories from it. As Adi would say, you are not missing out on much, but I did find it fascinating to think that the remains of mortals can be arranged in such a neat, clinical manner.

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      1. I’m sure we are missing out much. 🙂
        And I hadn’t thought of that: mortals in a circle. You guys would be reminded of the large wheel of life, whatever name you give it. (Samsara, is it?) 🙂

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      2. I honestly don’t know. (To the French Samsara is a perfume! God forbid!) 🙂
        My personal view is that myths and religions are partial views of the universe. Probably all have a bit of truth, probably some are skewed, and maybe the combination will yield the truth?
        Just realizing I am breaking one of two cardinal rules: never speak politics or religion with a friend. 😉
        So be good ma’amji. Each of us all humans on our own personal wheel.
        🙂
        Bonne semaine

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      3. Not to worry, sir ji. I think religion is overrated and I am way too sceptical about it anyway.

        ‘Each of us all humans on our own personal wheel’. I would put faith in that line of thought.

        You have a satisfying week too. 🙂

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  2. I love how your posts always make the reader feel like they’re there, it’s truly magical ❤️ The skeletal remains look so scary, I don’t know if I would have been able to go down there 😂 great post! 💞

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    1. Thank you, sweetheart. I can promise you that my husband was not thrilled at being dragged into the nether regions, only to see bones and skulls.

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  3. Fabulous photos as always, even recognised a few places. Never thought to visit the Catacombs because I so do not like to go underground, plus my beloved won’t wait in queues!

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    1. Thank you, Sheree. He sounds just like Adi! Or maybe it is the male gene. 🙂 I wanted to experience an ossuary just once, at least. I doubt Adi is going to indulge me another time.

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  4. wow so much to learn about the place from your posts ..those skeletal remains gave me the creeps . Paris is lovely and hope to visit some day. The only closest I ‘ve seen is the Paris in Vegas 🙂 and was amazed by that itself.

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    1. Thank you love. They were actually not all that spooky. Of course, I would not care to be caught in there more than the time we did spend inside. Now I have not seen this other Paris, but the original is not too shabby. 🙂 xx

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  5. What a fascinating look into this almost otherworldly life. I remember going through the catacombs in Rome and going underground in Cooper Pedy a few years ago. Wonderful photos. 😊

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    1. I looked up Cooper Pedy and love the colour of the earth there. A whole underground town beneath it! Yikes. I would love to see it. Thank you for an insight into a place I had no idea about. xx

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    1. Hehe…entirely like Adi. He was so happy to out again. That last sentiment of yours. It is something else truly. Thanks Jo. xx

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  6. Lovely photos of Paris! The black and white theme fits perfectly. I especially like the photo “Near Bastille” – classic Parisian style. In that photo is your fiancee, right? 🙂 I also visited the Catacomb during our last visit. At first, I thought it would be a horror place, but it was not. It’s just the final resting place of people, and they died naturally (well… mostly).

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    1. Thank you, Len. My husband, yes. 🙂 I had preconceived notions about the Catacombs like you. But they dissolved as we walked through the tunnels. Funny how experiencing something/ a place challenges our mind which arrives upon a certain conclusion hastily.

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  7. Hello Arundhati, lovely pictures of Paris. I am enjoying this series very much, it looks like you were there 3 months hehe. Also, I don’t know if it is you or me but I can’t seem to like your posts with my WordPress account, nor comment. I am logging in with my normal email whereas before I could do it from my WP account. In other blogs I am able to comment as usual. Does it happen to you on my blog too? I recently added a domain, do you think it’s that?

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    1. Hey V, thank you for indulging my extensive rambles about Paris. I am sorry to hear that you cannot comment. That is odd. The comment section in my blog should be accessible through your WP a/c ideally. I am able to comment on your blog as usual. :-/
      Wishing you a lovely week. xx

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      1. I wish we could say that we are doing well but Sar fell and fractured her back. She’s been in a nursing care facility which I’ve been visiting for that past 19 days. It’s been a struggle but I hope that she will get better soon. I’m afraid I won’t be able to log on to a lot of blogposts. Please take care and hope to get back to normal again one day.- Neek

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      2. I am awfully sorry to hear about Sar. It must be difficult for you both to see her in pain. You take your time and I hope she heals well. * hugs. All will be well, Neek. xx

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    1. It was Pam. The Catacombs is all about the prosaic nature in which millions of skeletal remains have been preserved. Quite an example of man’s industry.

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  8. Wow what a place. I found one church during my visit in Germany that was such a house of bones and held the remains from cemeteries that were emptied. You could stand above the bones looking down through a thick piece of glass and additional lighting. I had never seen something like this before and will not forget it.

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