Discover with ACCORD the Spooky Paris
Paris may be known as the City of Lights, but it certainly has a dark side… With Halloween fast approaching, here are a few places to visit and things to do to venture into the French capital’s shadows. Prepare for thrills and chills as you see another side to Paris during your French course at ACCORD language school. Trick or treat? You decide!
Discover with ACCORD the Spooky Paris! This is probably the best-known macabre landmark in Paris… The sign above the gate to the ossuary says it all: “Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la Mort.” The site even set the scene for the 2014 horror film, As Above, So Below. The story began in the 18th century when remains from cemeteries were moved underground due to public health concerns in the city. This site used to be a network of quarries and was consecrated as the “Paris Municipal Ossuary” on April 7th 1786. It has always been known by its nickname, the Catacombs, because of the public’s fascination with Roman catacombs and the aura surrounding them. The site is as deep as a 5-storey building with 243 steps and covering 1.5km. The tour takes around 1.5 hours and tickets cost 10 Euros.
Visitor entrance: Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau), 75014 Paris
A Halloween Cruise
The “Vedettes du Pont Neuf” boat company bring you a real treat for Halloween: a cruise on the River Seine. Get dressed up in a frightfully fabulous outfit, bask in the moonlight and set sail on the dark river with a blood red cocktail in your hand. Listen to terrifying tales about the French capital and uncover the dark secrets behind the famous landmarks you sail past on the 1 hour cruise. Do the monster mash as the DJ plays scarily good tunes and have some good old Halloween fun on October 31st!
Prices: 21 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for children.
Boarding point: Vedettes du Pont Neuf, 1 Square du Vert Galant, 75001 Paris
Discover with ACCORD the Spooky Paris: the Père Lachaise Cemetry
The biggest cemetery in Paris is also one of the most haunted places in the French capital: Père Lachaise. You may run into the ghosts of the rock star Jim Morrison (who many claim to have caught wandering around the graveyard on camera), French prime minister Adolphe Thiers (who tugs your clothes if you get too close to his grave), Chopin (who had his heart removed after his death and walled inside a Polish church due to his fear of being buried alive) and Marcel Proust (who roams the cemetery in search of his lover). Are you feeling brave? Let us introduce you to Elisabeth Stroganov who is buried in a mausoleum here. The wealthy Russian died at 39 and left a challenge in her will: anyone brave enough to spend an entire year in her mausoleum would inherit a large sum of money. Many have tried but all have failed… and now it’s illegal to sleep in a mausoleum so that’s a good enough excuse to avoid it!
Père Lachaise: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
The Choco-Story Halloween Workshop
As the saying goes: “Trick or treat? Trick or treat? Give me something good to eat!” What could be better than a chocolatey treat after all that excitement? Take a tour of the chocolate museum before heading to the workshop to make your own chocolates using ingredients such as chili and garlic as well as a chocolate spider (it is Halloween after all)! The tour and Halloween workshop package costs 40 Euros for adults and it’s just a 25 minute metro ride away from ACCORD language school.
Discover with ACCORD the Spooky Paris and go to the Choco-Story, 28 Bd de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris.
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ACCORD French Language School near the Eiffel Tower: Founded in 1988, the all year round French language school is located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Eiffel Tower, the Champs de Mars, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Invalides (with the tomb of Napoleon the 1st), the Seine river and the Bateaux Parisiens, and opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro and its famous gardens and fountains.
ACCORD French Language School: 3bis rue Jean-Pierre Bloch, 75015 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 33 52 33
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