Cimetiere Pere Lachaise

Cimetiere Pere Lachaise

The cawing of crows lurking in the trees overhead sent such a fitting soundtrack on my visit to Pere Lachaise. My first point of contention – nobody tells you how incredibly BIG this place really is!!!! I spent over three and a half hours flipping my ankles as my heels would catch in the cobblestone walkways. As macabre as I felt, this was a beautiful day and such a quiet respite from the bustling streets outside the cemetery walls. I spent over an hour seeking Moliere’s grave and realized, when I found him, that I had walked just by that corner in my circling navigation about four times that afternoon. And oh, for the love of verdigris, the vast architectural styles to these familial mausoleums was fascinating! Again, a bit eerie but lovely all the same.

I hope I don’t jinx myself but the weather has been so divine – I (gasp) walked about this place holding my coat in arms!!!!!

…and as much as I positively adore Oscar Wilde, I refused to kiss that nasty, petri dish of germs and what other funk was incubating on that stone…

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  1. March 18, 2010 / 10:16 am

    Gorgeous photos! I briefly visited le Cimetière du Nord in Montmartre roughly four years ago and am now wishing I'd spent more time there. If you have the time, I think you would appreciate the artistic beauty of that cemetery, as well. Here's the Wikipedia link to it:

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