Any traveler to a popular destination is familiar with fighting crowds of camera-toting tourists. Lining up to tour the Louvre or look out from the top of the Eiffel Tower is sometimes a reality if you’re vacationing in Paris. Looking for something a little off the beaten track instead? Here are a few offbeat things to do on your trip if you want to beat the crowds.
Beneath the City of Light lies a fascinating relic of the past. The network of tunnels, caves, and limestone quarries is lined with the bones of 6 million people, and dates back to Roman times. It might seem morbid, but these underground tunnels showcase over 2000 years of Paris history, and even housed French Resistance fighters during World War II. Tours of 2 kilometers are available if you’d like to beat the summer heat while brushing up on your history.
If you find yourself in Paris on the night of Nuit Blanche, which is typically held in October, you’re in for a treat. This is the only night all year when museums, galleries, and art and culture institutions are free to the public and open all night. This is a great opportunity to see some world-famous works of art for free in a unique, festive atmosphere.