Church, Skulls and Metal Kids
Strange title right? We’ll in Paris, nothing is too strange. It’s a fantastic mixture of big and small, dark and bright, and above all else – everything unique. I’ll begin this segment with our visit to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Building this spectacular church was not small feat. Did you know it took the French over 180 years to build this cathedral?! When you step inside its doors you begin to understand why so much time and effort was required to build Notre Dame. In the crypt of Notre Dame large touch screens have been set up to allow visitors to explore 3D perspectives of the process used to build the cathedral. Entering the church you are immediately overwhelmed with paintings, stained glass and magnificent arched ceilings that seem impossibly high and complex. Check out some of the photos I included and observe the detail that was considered in every part of this structure.
After venturing into this holy of all holy structures we made our way towards the Catacombs. As strange as it sounds, graveyards became an expensive and hot commodity about 2000 years ago. Built under the downtown core of Paris and stretching almost 2km length, the Catacombs is the final resting place for over French 2 million commoners buried within its depths. I have attempted to give you a sense of the bizarre nature of the Catacombs. Although I have provided some photos to share my experience, you can really only understand what I am describing once you venture inside. There were millions of old bones and skulls lining the Catacomb’s walls. There was a powerful smell of cold damp earth that surrounds you. It was a very memorable experience to say the least. And as strange as this sounds, the visit inspired me to use these once human shapes and patterns for preliminary sketches for some furniture and design concepts. But that’s for another day.
Lastly we decided to hit up some of the nightlife in Paris and caught wind of a local bar in the ‘Pigalle’ district (on the Moulin Rouge strip) called ‘O’Sullivans by the Mill’. Not only is the front of O’Sullivans a club/bar, but if you venture through the back door you step inside a metal venue. We were were lucky enough to catch the last few songs by a Parisian metal band before meeting some travelers from Australia and New Zealand. We shared some drinks and stories and must have been out until around 4am. The walk back to our apartment was rough but we made it.
Good music, good vibes, good people. Oh, and surprise around every turn. Paris.
Until next time,
Ps. Go download 'Evaders' by Analog Rebellion and rock out for once. Go on, you deserve it!