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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Nigel in Paris: the empire of the dead

It took us two tries to discover the secret of the Paris catacombs: arrive before it opens, so you get to be among the first people in. Not too many people ahead of us at 9:15am!

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Street signs underground once helped people get around (though now you can’t deviate from the defined path):

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Sometimes tall people have to bend down to avoid bumping their heads… which is not a problem for a small pig:

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It’s not all narrow tunnels: in some place there are wider galleries.

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So much walking! Time for a rest.

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A man a long time ago, in the 1700s, came down here to make a sculpture:

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He died when a tunnel collapse killed him, while he was trying to make a safe staircase for people to come visit his art. Very sad.

Much sadder and creepier still, all the bones!

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Nigel was uncharacteristically quiet after our visit to the catacombs and his confrontation with his own mortality.


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