The Catacombs and the Montparnasse Neighborhood, Episode 39

Categories: First Time in Paris, Paris

This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon.

There is so much to love about the Catacombs and the Montparnasse neighborhood! While almost everyone has heard of the Marais, many of you may not have heard of Montparnasse and we think you'll be better off when you do, so push play and let's see what's there!

The Catacombs and the Montparnasse Neighborhood

Today we are going to talk about the area of Paris called Montparnasse. It is an area a little bit outside of the center of the city that we normally don't recommend for first-time Paris visitors. But because it is a major transportation hub, it's easy to get in and out of.

Montparnasse is the home of the Catacombs and in the episode we tell you all about that, what it's like, why you may want to go (or not go depending on your individual situation). Whatever you do, if you're going to visit the Catacombs, get your tickets in advance, unless you enjoy wasting your time in line.

Why Should You Consider the Montparnasse Area?

Montparnasse is "younger" than most of Paris. Lots of French people both live and work there.  And because it's a big business district, there are lots of hotels there,  many are cheaper than what you'll find right downtown.

Halloween in France

As we are releasing this episode close to Halloween, we also talk about two places in the Montparnasse area that are creepy: the Montparnasse Cemetery and the Catacombs. Both are well-worth a visit, and we explain why in this episode. Enjoy!



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4 Replies to “The Catacombs and the Montparnasse Neighborhood, Episode 39”

  1. I am looking for a guide while my wife and I are in Paris. We are arriving early morning 28/11/2014. We decided to rent an apartment thru Cobblestone rather than stay in a hotel. I have to Paris 3 or 4 times, my wife never. We will be there 5 days and my wife wants to see it all. I am 72 and she is 55, so she has more pep in her step, while I now have a slower step. She likes art while I enjoy it. I want her to have a good time and I hope to bring her back soon. So I am looking for a guide and that is why I have contacted you.

    1. Hello Barry and welcome to Join Us in France! Yours sound like wonderful plans, but we typically don’t take groups smaller than 6 because it helps spread out the cost. I will send you a private email about it.

  2. I have just completed listened to all 39 podcasts, totaling 38h26m of marvelous educational, entertaining, and informative commuting that would have been otherwise wasted. I am now caught up and have just realized, to my dismay, that I now need to wait a whole week for new episodes. Que dois-je faire?

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom, it has already improved our trip plans and increased our excitement and anticipation for our upcoming trip. Other than buying on Amazon via your site (which was very easy by the way) I am working on a way to give a bit back, I’ll let you know when it is ready.

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    1. LOL, you’re too kind, and thank you for using our Amazon link! But it won’t be a week this time, it’s already Tues 😉