Main Image of the site

The main image on the site is of me, Nick Place, coming through the wall into a major room within the illegal catacombs of Paris, about 25 metres under the city’s bed rock. I walked, crawled, waded through water and groped my way through dark patches of the catacombs from 7 pm until roughly 3 am, accompanied by some members of the ‘Cataphiles’, French enthusiasts who hang out in the miles of twisting, unstable catacombs that are officially blocked off to the public and are home to an estimated six million bodies.

I wrote versions of the adventure, along with photos and video, for Royal Auto, the RACV magazine, and Get Lost, Australia’s adventure travel magazine.

”We begin to walk, crouch, crawl and wade through the meandering, unpredictable tunnels. At times, it’s so claustrophobic that you have to push your backpack in front of you, while wriggling on your stomach and elbows. Or crawl.
Our chances of being arrested recede the deeper we go. Which is a relief. Now I only have to worry about becoming lost, or dying. Or both.’

Get Lost, June, 2017.

 

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