Things are about to get a little morbid on our typically upbeat blog, but I promise this historical tourist destination is totally worth checking out! What if I told you that underneath the beautiful and romantic city of Paris lies the bones of more than six million people? That’s right: this city, so alive with passion, sits on top of the largest burial site in the world. With Halloween coming up, this may be the perfect time to see it for yourself! Yes, you can actually walk among the dead, on a guided tour.  Paris Catacombs How did the bodies get there and what’s the story behind this? Well, around the time of the French Revolution, Paris was experiencing record numbers of deaths due to war and the plague. Cemeteries became overcrowded and it was decided that the bodies should be put underground. There was already plenty of room since limestone quarries of ancient times had left voids, so these became the perfect sites for ossuaries. Paris Catacombs The Catacombs today span miles under the city and you can only tour a small portion. (People have actually been known to get lost in them by venturing off on their own.) While…

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One of the most inspiring and archaeological masterpieces, Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, is set to make its debut at The Franklin Institute in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center in Philadelphia with a new modern twist that makes it even better. Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin Institute  This masterpiece showcases the greatest and more important archaeological discoveries in modern history and for the first time in history, the 30 years old Terracotta Army will be put on display in the United States. This is a rare collection of man’s ingenuity as 10 life-size clay warriors that were found at the burial ground of the First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi of China would be displayed at the exhibition. These amazing architectural masterpieces will be displayed alongside other important artifacts that were sent in from China for a limited showing. This exhibition is the brainchild of The Franklin Institute alongside the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. It was put together by a team of science and exhibit experts in an effort to educate the modern generations of the ingenuity of past generations. at The  The exhibition is led by Larry Dubinsky who is an expert in terracotta excavations and has…

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You can’t go to Paris without visiting the Louvre. (You know, the massive, famous, museum of art you learned about in elementary school?) While I’m not the biggest art fan and my jet lag had kicked in by this point in my vacation, this place just had to be seen. I felt it was important to expose my daughter to this kind of culture, and we had to see the Mona Lisa for ourselves. Is The Mona Lisa Overrated For starters, this place is massive. You always hear that it’s a destination that cannot be seen in one day, but that’s a serious understatement. You know the MET in New York City? That would fit inside one wing of the Louvre…and the Louvre has five wings! (…And six levels, but who’s counting? We definitely got a workout today!) Is The Mona Lisa Overrated Since we didn’t know where to begin, we mapped out our visit using the interactive floor plans. Reese really likes furniture and interiors, so that exhibit was our first stop. From there, we checked out the Egyptian area, complete with mummies! Next stop was the Roman section before we began our quest to find the Mona Lisa. Be warned:…

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If you have a sweet tooth and happen to be in Paris, you must plan a visit to Ladurée (especially if you’re traveling with a little girl in tow)! This quintessential Parisian pastry shop is the perfect setting for a genuine tea party! In case I haven’t impressed this upon you enough already, my daughter and I are serious cookie connoisseurs. We go out of our way to try dessert hot spots everywhere we go. If there’s been hype about it, we’ve got to taste it for ourselves. The famous Ladurée has definitely had hype, thanks to the recent macaron frenzy and the treat’s notoriety on social media. (Of course, artists like Tim Burton, Pharell Williams, and Christian Louboutin collaborating with them has helped spread the word.) Laduree Paris Review Let me stop right here, though. In case you haven’t actually tried a macaron yet, allow me to explain: these delicate and airy cookies are not the same thing as a macaroon, which is a dense, coconut confection. Instead, a macaron has two crunchy, almond, sugar and egg white-based outer shells, with a ganache buttercream, meringue or jam filling in between. These colorful sandwich cookies come in every hue and flavor imaginable. Laduree…

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Budget airlines get a bad rap for nickel and diming customers, but I had a fantastic experience on a recent trip all the way from Los Angeles to Paris with my daughter, thanks to WOW Airlines. Our flight, while bare bones, got us from Point A to Point B for less than $800 total, for two people, during peak summer travel season! When that’s the case, I don’t mind saving the frills for my destination! Here’s what to know when planning your next vacay with WOW Airlines: Wo w Airlines Review Every flight lays over in Iceland, where the airline is based. Our layover was only two hours long, but longer layovers are common and actually encouraged. See more of Europe while you’re at it! You can travel out of any one of eight major cities in the U.S., with more than 30 possible destinations throughout Europe and Canada! Wow Airlines Review Each passenger is allowed one personal item. Carry-on bags and checked luggage cost extra. (Be prepared: Cash is not accepted as a form of payment at the check-in counter.) How much you pay for your flight depends on how many extra bells and whistles you need. If you can…

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