Paris 2013: Day 11 — Pere-Lachaise Cemetery


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The entry to the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

Saturday, 8/3/13

Another good night of sleep!   We are up by 8am, we get a baguette, we make breakfast, and we are on our way to see a French cemetery.

Père-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris (about 110 acres).   It is located in the 20th arrondissement, and is reputed to be the world’s most visited cemetery.  It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years.  Here you can find the tombs of many famous composers (such as Frédéric Chopin and Gioacchino Rossini), writers (including Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust), painters (Camille Pissarro, Jacques-Louis David, and others), and the rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors.

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The cemetery is huge! We have a map to find our way around.

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Tombs — large and impressive!

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Lots of large tombs!

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These tombs are more like monuments!

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We spend the afternoon looking for the remains of entertainers, writers, and intellectuals that contributed to the French culture over the past 200 years.

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This is the oldest part of the cemetery and it sits on top of a hill. It has these wide avenues!

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This is the grave of Edith Piaf, a famous French singer known for her strong and forceful voice.  Click here to hear her sing her most famous song.

Yes, Jim Morrison!  So why is a famous American rock star of the 60’s buried in a cemetery in France!   Well, to qualify to be buried in Pere-Lachaise Cemetery you have to either been born in Paris, lived in Paris, or died in Paris.   Jim died on July 3, 1971 while vacationing in Paris.    Apparently there is a big conspiracy surrounding his death.  We found his grave.

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Best way to find this grave is to look for the crowd of people stomping over the graves around him. Click here to hear Jim’s most famous song.

After the cemetery, we decided it was time for an early dinner, something French.   After consulting Tripadvisor and Yelp, we decide on Café Divan.   What can I say,  my DH knows all the good places!    And what is more French than roasted meat!   The food was excellent, the décor was French, and the wine was French too.   You would not have to twist my arm to go back here again.

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My DH ordered the duck and I ordered the roasted pork. Both dishes were wonderful! We love French food!

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An old-fashion clock at Cafe Divan.

The food was excellent, the décor was French, and the wine was French too.   You would not have to twist my arm to go back here again.

After dinner, we walked some more.   It is Friday night and most cafes and restaurants are buzzing with people relaxing into the weekend.   During the summer, the sun does not set until around 10pm, so the white buildings glow in the last yellow rays of the sun.

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The golden light of Paris!

Around 8pm, we hop on the Metro and are back in our apartment.   We are still full from dinner so we watch a bit of TV, DH reads, and I work on my blog.   Tomorrow there is a huge market to explore near the Bastille.  And, on the first Sunday of the month, the Musee du Louvre is free!

Quote of the Day:   “They really tucked him in there, didn’t they?”  — Anna regarding the grave of Jim Morrison.

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