The first thing I did when I got to Paris this September was to visit the Catacombs. The underground necropolis was designed in 1786 to deal with overpopulation in the unsanitary cemeteries. It is said that Marie Antoinette’s head is somewhere there while her body is interred at St Denis’ Basilica.
After two hours waiting in line and making new friends from Israel, New York and Texas in the process, I finally made it to the labyrinth that led to the bone collections. I automatically regretted going alone; it’s scarier than in the pictures.
Memento Mori is an expression from Latin that means “remember that you will die”.