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Halloween is fast approaching, and as the holiday draws closer, there is a renewed focus on some of the scariest travel destinations on the planet. There are a number of well-known spooky landmarks, but few spots come to mind more quickly than the Catacombs of Paris. This eerie attraction has long been a staple of France tours, and their appeal is only heightened around Halloween.
The creepiness of the Paris Catacombs is hard to deny. An immense underground cemetery, the Catacombs were originally used once burial grounds surrounding Paris became too crowded, and took their current appearance sometime around the late 18th century. The site has been a popular tourist attraction for well over 100 years and houses the remains of an estimated 6 million people.
Given the Catacombs' history, it's no surprise that the landmark carries its fair share of ghost stories and accounts of haunted trips through the underground path. Many people who have taken the tour report feeling a sensation of being followed, unexplained cold spots and uneasy feelings. Still, others have reported seeing orbs and shadowy figures following them throughout the tour.
Today, the Catacombs occupy a significant spot in the public eye, and are widely recognized as one of the most haunted places in the world.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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