10 unusual activities and places in Paris
Unusual activities and places in Paris
Paris is a mystery to many people. The city of light is full of secrets and wonders that only insiders may know.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
The Père-Lachaise cemetery is the largest Parisian cemetery in Paris and one of the most famous in the world. Located in the 20th arrondissement, many famous people are buried there. Among them, you can spend some time with Guillaume Apollinaire, Franck Alamo, Edith Pïaf, Molière, Jean de La Fontaine, Honoré de Balzac, and many more… Apart from the graves, the cemetery contains monuments to a person or group of people from all walks of life.
Following the closure of the cemetery of the Innocents on December 1, 1780, in the late application of the law of 1765 which prohibited cemeteries in the city, Paris began to run out of burial sites. Napoleon Bonaparte decreed that “every citizen has the right to be buried whatever his race or religion”.
To go to Père-Lachaise is to travel in a strange and fascinating world where art and nature unite to create a harmony that calms and invites to meditation, meditation, reverie.
The “Petite Ceinture” line of Paris is an old double-track railway line of 32 kilometers in length that traveled around Paris inside the “Boulevards des Maréchaux”. The line was initially devoted exclusively to the traffic of goods before being opened to travelers.
Deserted by the Parisians because of the growing competition of the metropolitan, the line is mostly closed to passenger traffic since July 23, 1934. However, the Auteuil line remained open until 1985.
Pedestrian access to the Petite Ceinture is strictly forbidden and most of the accesses are fenced or walled, which does not prevent it from being today the playground of urban explorers and tagers. In the state of fallow on the main part of its layout, it is one of the most frequent clandestine accesses to the underground quarries of Paris…
Gustave Eiffel’s Secret Apartment
Nearly 7 million tourists go to the Eiffel Tower every year, but few know the hidden faces of this extraordinary building. At the last level of the tower is, among others, the former private apartment of Gustave Eiffel, a hundred square meters.
Gustave Eiffel used this place as a scientific laboratory, especially for astronomy and meteorology, as well as to receive the visitors of mark.
Unfortunately, today only a very small part of this apartment remains, where you can see the sculpture of Thomas Edison facing his esteemed French colleague. The apartment was gradually destroyed to make room for the technical premises.
Carnavalet’s mission is to make known the history of Paris from its earliest origins to the present day. The Carnavalet Museum highlights the past of Paris and reveals its diverse identity. It is closed until 2019 as a matter of renovation. Its restoration is a priority project for the City of Light, giving that big cities such as London, Amsterdam or New York already have history museums worthy of their importance.
Located in the Marais district, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, it presents exceptional collections: souvenirs from the French Revolution, paintings, sculptures, furniture and more. The museum is made of the “’Hôtel de Carnavalet” and the “’Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau” linked by a gallery on the first floor. It has an area of 10,000 square meters and has a hundred rooms.
Catacombes de Paris
The catacombs of Paris – term used to name the municipal ossuary – were originally part of the old underground quarries located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris; They were linked together by inspection galleries. At the end of the eighteenth century, they were transformed into a municipal ossuary with the transfer of the remains of about six million people, evacuated from the various cemeteries in Paris until 1861 for reasons of public health.
The visit of the Catacombs begins at the address “1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy”. The two-kilometer visit requires at least forty-five minutes. The catacombs are in the form of tunnels, within which the temperature is constantly 14 ° C. They have 130 descending steps and 83 rising steps. The exit of the Catacombs is done by a small anonymous pavilion with only one door, rue Rémy-Dumoncel.
Six million French bones rest in approximately 780 meters of tortuous galleries, most often inaccessible to the public, on an average height of one meter fifty. Their total surface area is 10,933 square meters…
Paris Sewer Museum
Of all the cities in the world, it is currently Paris that has the largest sewerage system and the best suited to the requirements of hygiene. All the galleries (under the tracks) which drain the roads and buildings, and which form like a second subterranean Paris, are visited several times a week by sewage workers who ensure the perfect maintenance.
The museum is devoted to the sewers of Paris. As early as 1889, visits to the sewers were organized twice a month by the administration on board ships and wagons. It represents five hundred meters in the basement of Paris allowing to follow the history of the sewers, from Lutetia to our days. It is really an unusual way to discover Paris, an exhibition space presenting the cycle of water in Paris and its history. Numerous models and gear used yesterday as today are exposed.
Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy
More than an open reserve, the Gallery of Comparative Anatomy gathers together specimens that have been used to develop the foundations of the discipline. This is approximately 650 skeletons together that are exposed in this gallery. Looking up, you see the upper level that forms a mezzanine all around the gallery. Here is set up an inventory of the innumerable invertebrates that have populated the planet for 3.5 billion years.
The collections of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology are housed in a magnificent building of brick, metal and glass built by the architect Ferdinand Dutert and opened in 1898 for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. Length of nearly 80 meters, the structure is decorated with numerous sculptures of naturalistic inspiration.
Paris Flower and Bird Market
The Flower market is located in the Place Louis-Lépine, in the 4th arrondissement behind the Tribunal de Commerce. If you are having a walk on the banks of the Seine, near Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter and Place Saint-Michel, be aware that the market is open every day from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, leaves Sunday at the Bird Market.
Specialized market flowers, birds, other small pets, the market is halfway between covered and open. The flower market is made of pavilions of the 1900’s. The bird market opens on Sundays and offers a wide variety of birds including some rare, cages, seeds and other accessories.
The Beverley Adult Cinema
The Beverley is the latest Parisian pornographic cinema open. It is directed by Maurice Laroche. It opened in 1970 following the Bikini. It is located in the 2ᵉ arrondissement of Paris. Oh la la! Well hidden in a small street perpendicular to the great Parisian boulevards, the Berveley cinema still continues its programming, as if the time had stopped.
With the growth of Internet, unfortunately, more and more of those pornographic cinemas had to close. As a matter of facts, we only count one cinema like this versus thirty in the 80’s.
In a former railway station, this trendy bistro serves simple dishes with a new country honored every week. The railway station was used sometimes ago as part of the “Petite Ceinture” line of Paris.
Located just next to the flea market of Clignancourt, La Recyclerie is transformed into a canteen and a place of exchange based on the values of sustainable development and ecology. This space includes a restaurant, a bar and a cultural and social program focused on the concepts of “better living” and “better consumption”, which seems to have already found many followers!