Paris: The city of ballgags, Napoleon and crêpe
“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Well… I hardly starved to death on my little one-week trip to Paris. I hunted down a crêpe vendor “hunger games”-style before he’d even fired up his hotplate and very kindly demanded my nutella-fix.
I arrived at my hotel, turned on the television and the first thing I see is a guy in a pink, fuzzy one-piece furiously rapping in French while his buddy’s is wearing leather and a ballgag, being spanked by an old lady and another guy who looks a bit like Bismarck.
You can’t not love Paris…
Visit Les Invalides, it’s incredible impressive and functions as an army/war museum today. The famous emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is buried here and his grave in itself is worth the visit. I recommend buying a ticket online, gets you right in there. I easily spent 1,5 hours there going through everything.
Make sure you go downstairs and see the enormous grave at the level it’s placed on too (the entrance to the building is on the ground floor and a huge, fenced circle in the floor lets you see the grave from above). There are other war heroes and famous people relevant to Napoleon buried here, among others his brother Joseph (in a gorgeous marble casket).
“The tomb of Napoleon is located within a circular crypt in the Eglise du Dome within the Hotel des Invalides, which had to undergo some major transformations through the visions of the architect Visconti, including the design of the gallery that runs all the way round with sculptures on the walls that depict Napoleons civil achievements and these were all produced by the sculptor Pierre-Charles Simart.
The body of napoleon rests in five successive coffins, which were made of tin, mahogany, lead, lead again and ebony, and these are held within the sarcophagus positioned in the middle of the crypt.
The sarcophagus itself is made out of red quartzite from Russia and positioned on a green granite base that came from the Vosges mountains in the Alsace region of France and is circled by a crown of laurels and inscriptions.” (source: eutouring.com)