Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cemeteries in Paris

After a break, I am back to show you some views taken last summer at three of the main cemeteries in Paris: Père LachaiseMontmartre and Montparnasse. Each walled urban cemetery offers many interesting walks to take, and amazing things to find. It would be wonderful to explore these places at dusk, or even in the rain. Each has a who's who of notables interred within their confines, some offering maps and signs to find their plots.

It was interesting, especially at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise; officially, cimetière de l'Est, to see tourists with a checklist of graves to find and visit, from Frédéric Chopin and Oscar Wilde to Jim Morrison (below)....

...including Jean Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir....

The darker less traveled corners are often the most interesting, with decay and dissolution everywhere.


Even a stone cutter was there to add a name and date to a marker.