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Spend a night in the world's largest grave
Posted on 09/10/2015


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With Halloween right around the corner, Airbnb has teamed up with the Parisian Catacombs to offer one lucky winner the one-off chance to spend a night deep in the bowels of the French capital.

Airbnb is full of wacky and unusual accommodation combinations. You can opt to stay in a plane in the Netherlands, an igloo in Greenland, a lighthouse in New York and even a giraffe manor in Kenya. But just when we thought it couldn't get any weirder the company has organised a competition for two tickets to spend a night 65 feet below ground in the Paris catacombs... on Halloween.

How to apply

How to apply

If you're the type to run a mile when surrounded by bones from 1859, perhaps this isn't the competition for you. Those who do enjoy the thrill need only prove to Airbnb why they deserve to spend a night in the Catacombs, as well as offering up tactics for warding off potential ghosts. The deadline for the competition is October 20 when the 'lucky' winners (term used loosely) will be announced. The night includes a private tour around the Catacombs, a culinary experience, a private concert, ghost story readings before bed and, if you make it through the night, a breakfast buffet. Guests will also be provided with bedding and other sleepover necessities.

Nicolas Ferrary, manager of Airbnb France shared his thoughts on the concept. "Our travellers are always on the lookout for original experiences and what could be more unique for Halloween than spending a night among the bones and ghosts below Paris," he said.

There are a few rules that Airbnb ask guests to abide by if they are fortunate enough to land themselves the tickets. Firstly, there are more than six million bodies in the Catacombs and it is necessary to respect these as you would your own grave. Secondly, it's imperative that you are respectful of the living Parisians sleeping in close proximity. Lastly, swimming or exploring the secret pools of the Catacombs is strictly forbidden.

Think you can manage it? Here's the link for applications.


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