OXFORD AND WARWICK
First thing today we went to jail. The jail where they locked up Marie Antoinette before they chopped off her head. Before you go into the jail you have to check out the church called Sainte Chapelle. It's pretty nifty inside, some say more interesting than Notre Dame but alas no hunchback. The walls are almost entirely made of stained glass though so it's quite beautiful. Through the courtyard to the street and then it's into the Conciergerie. It was a prison and a large one it was too. It could hold up to 2700 people. You could even pay rent if you wanted a nicer cell with a comfy bed.
Did you know that before they cut off your head you have to get a haircut. That's so the blade goes through better. They have a little sort of barber shop inside. I thought that was pretty nifty.
After jail it was off to find Madame Curie's laboratory. We knew it was close to the Pantheon but there was a problem. You see there is the Madame Curie Musee and the Curie Institute. The institute was easy to find but we could nary find a sign or entrance to any museum. After about an hour of wandering and asking every Parisian who does not speak English we finally realised it was the same thing. Grrrrr! We'd been past it sooo many times. Now this musee is very very tiny but tons of info. They had to decontaminate the lab and her office because it was very radioactive and that stuff lasts for years. I hope they didn't just pretend they got that radioactivity out of there. Here's a couple of photos of my brother Normie, he's super into science.
Brave...brave Sir Normie.
Afterwards it was off to discover the Pantheon. Very large and you can find all the tombs here. You don't have to look at the map to find Marie Curie's as that is where everyone is going. Follow the crowd. The second most popular is Victor Hugo...the Les Mis dude.
Joan of Arc is in here too but we didn't know that so we missed it. We spent a day in Rouen looking for Joan but it was never meant to be. That's coming up.
The Pantheon. Aren't the clouds looking nifty?