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Paris Day 7 – Fête de la Musique

Today we walk some more of Paris (always with the walking!), attempt to visit the Catacombs (we fail – again), and then attend Fête de la Musique which is a summer solstice event where there’s live music on every street corner in Paris. We’ll have a grand time! Come along!

We set out this morning with a plan to walk from our apartment in the 3rd arrondissement across Paris to the 14th to see the catacombs of Paris. First we went through the Gardens of Luxembourg and sat for a spell while we people-watched and kept an eye on the musicians doing sound checks for the night’s Fête. Then we walked on and took pictures by the Fontaine des Quatre-Parties-du-Monde.

Sitting in Luxembourg Gardens watching musicians set up for Fete de la Musique. Sitting in Luxembourg Gardens watching musicians set up for Fête de la Musique. Kim and I posing together in front of a fountain. Kim and I posing together in front of a fountain.

Next we arrived at the catacombs. Sadly, the line wound completely around the block and nearly back to the entrance again. The wait was at least 3 hours. That’s twice we’ve come to the catacombs and been foiled (the first time in 2007, it had been vandalized). So we resolved to come back early in the morning and try again (third time’s the charm, right?), and then we went for lunch at a creperie nearby.

Lunch with Jeff and Jen in a creperie near the Catacombs. Lunch with Jeff and Jen in a creperie near the Catacombs.

After lunch, we headed back to the apartment for a quick nap so we would have energy for the night’s musical festivities. Around 6:30 pm, we headed to the nearest band stand in the neighborhood and waited for the music to start.

Waiting for Fete de la Musique to start in a nearby park. We'll get up and head over as soon as the rumble of drums picks up in the distance. Waiting for Fête de la Musique to start in a nearby park. We’ll get up and head over as soon as the rumble of drums picks up in the distance. This guy was in the crowd. Check out that nappy hair. He'd move his head and the back part would stay fixed in his collar. Eww.... This guy was in the crowd. Check out that nappy hair. He’d move his head and the back part would stay fixed in his collar. Eww….

Check out the video montage I made of our experiences at the festival. It was quite fun!


This is the first band we saw that night. They played lively Cuban music. This is the first band we saw that night. They played lively Cuban music. This is the second band we saw. They played smooth jazz. This is the second band we saw. They played smooth jazz.

These guys were odd. Their costumes were odd, their horns were odd, and their music was... polka. These guys were odd. Their costumes were odd, their horns were odd, and their music was… polka.

When it was all over, we were quite tired and headed back to the apartment for some much needed rest and wound management. Yes, I scraped my girlfriend’s foot in the door on the way back. I guess I had just a little bit too much fun this night… but who can blame me? (for the fun, not the injury – that was ALL my fault)

Tending wounds after a long night of walking and fun music! Tending wounds after a long night of walking and fun music!

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