Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

The last couple days we have seen a number of major landmarks here in Paris. We are having a great time but have not been able to get a stable computer connection to post many photos.

However, tonight I wanted to post these few pictures especially for Mark, to let you know we did make it over to Père-Lachaise yesterday.

As you walk the boulevard to the main entrance you can see the monuments elevated high above the street level:

1 Cimetière du Père-Lachaise outside

It is nearly impossible to find your way within the cemetery, even with two maps. However, if you are going to see Jim Morrison’s grave you can follow the constant stream of people. By far the most visited grave from what we could tell.

Here it is from the right side:

2 jim morrison right

And from the left:

3 jim morrison left

At the very foot of the grave is a huge monument, a walk-in building-type thing for another family, so you can only take photos from the sides.

Here is a picture of some of the crowd and you can see the large building there on the top left:4 jim morrison crowd

And there is this barricade all around so you can’t get too close, although some people obviously are in order to leave the flowers and mementos:

5 jim morrison barricade

Close-up of the text:

7 jim morrison grave text

We also visited Chopin’s grave site which is very nicely kept up:

6 chopin

The statue on top is quite nice:

8 statue on chopin

The cemetery itself is really calm and beautiful. And a lot bigger than we thought so visiting a lot of sites was hard. Both my kids were impressed with the cemetery as well as the number of people (“you mean somebody visits this cemetery besides us?”), and I got to fulfill one of my wishes in going there.

Here is one of the “streets” within the cemetery:

9 Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Anyway, Mark you can have copies of all this full resolution if you want, and I have quite a few more as well.

I will try to post more in the next couple days on some of the more traditional Paris landmarks if I have time. Tomorrow is Bastille Day.


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