Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Paris, day 2 (Sunday)

We woke up refreshed in our comfortable bed, and headed out for a very busy day. One the metro, we headed to Les Invalides, which includes the Army museum and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. We bought Paris Museum Passes here, which gave us free entrance into a variety of sites---you choose how many days you want (we did 2 days for €32), then flash your pass and skip lots of long lines and enter the sites. I added up all the things we did in Paris, and it owuld have cost us €59 each to do them, so this was definitely a great deal for us.

Anyway...we bought passes, then went right into Napoleon's tomb. Wow. He is buried inside of like 6 caskets, one inside another. The whole thing is probably 12 feet tall. I was unprepared for the gorgeous interior of the building itself. There are many large nooks where other people are entombed (mostly military commanders), and there is a lower level with even MORE tombs (but much simpler). Many of the lower level people have only their hearts entombed here, with their bodies elsewhere (maybe in a family burial area where they are actually from??). Very beautiful place.

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