Monday, December 21, 2009

La Conciergerie, Paris. Not a Place to Be.

Today we went to the Conciergerie on the Île de la Cité, the island in the middle of the Seine where Notre Dame is. The Conciergerie is a medieval palace that became a prison.   Loads of prisoners were sent here and then to the to guillotine in the French Revolution.

Marie Antoinette was here in this room (reproduction, but tapestry was her real rug they think.) That is not actually her, but a stack of exercise balls covered with a black tarp to look like her.

Just like the extensive list of people who came through Ellis Island, here are names of the people who simply lost their heads during this revolution.  Did not see my family name there.

The funniest thing was the bathroom here at this way-station for decapitation. Both male and female figures have their heads missing on the toilette door!

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