Saturday, January 8, 2011

Père Lachaise - room with a view


Known as the "grandest address in Paris" this cemetery of over 100 acres is the final resting place of both the famous and the infamous. It is a great place to wander with a purpose, perhaps to find the tomb of Chopin and Delacroix, or to flâner the cobblestone paths admiring the beauty of times past. Maps are available at the front entrance gratuit if you want a purposeful search.


Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Boulevard de Ménilmontant

Métro Père Lachaise, or
Métro Phillippe Auguste

22 comments:

SoozNooz said...

It is a wonderful place to wander and I spent a day doing so with my Hubby. I never thought I would spend a day in a cemetary but it was fabulous!
from the kisses on oscar wilde's grave to ...hunting for Edith Piaf....quite something

la Brocanteuse said...

I have been to Paris so many times and have never visited the cemetery..you just made me realise that it should be on my list for next time.
xo Colette ~Afrique du Sud

Gattina said...

That brings back memories, when I stayed in Paris 2 weeks to help a friend to move into her new flat. We also went to Père Lachaise of course but at that time the grave of Jim Morison was not protected yet, so there were a lot of druggies gathered around the grave decorated with seringhes an spoons etc, it was horrible. When I came back in 2004, it all had changed. Fortunately! It's a very interesting cimetary.

Shell Sherree said...

I don't visit cemeteries, but I've come to terms with the notion of visiting this one. It sounds and looks too special not to take a wander there.

Malyss said...

Cemeteries are supposed o be sad places, but this one is not.It's peaceful to stroll there, and always moving to see graves of famous people. At the end, there's at least one place where we may all meet..

Andy said...

Yikes! Touring the dead! To tell the truth I've done it myself. I have a photo from Arlington National Cemetery of Audy Murphy's tombstone. Unfortunately it was taken on film and has not held up over the 30 plus years since I snapped it.

namaki said...

nice crisp photo ...

Cildemer said...

Beautiful sky over the tombstones!
Never been there! But I certainly will visit it next time I go to Paris!
Thanks for sharing, Genie;o)

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Bises et à bientôt****

Teuvo Vehkalahti said...

Hyvää alkanutta vuotta 20011. Näin blogien välityksellä on kiva tutustua muiden maiden kultuuriin, ihmisiin ja luontoon. Tule sinäkin katsomaan Teuvon kuvat blogi ja kerro myös kaikille sinun kavereillesi miksi kannattaa käydä katsomassa Teuvon kuvat blogi. Samalla saadaan teidän maanne lippu nousemaan korkeammalle minun blogissa. Teuvo Vehkalahti Finland

Design Elements said...

your header is beautiful! happy weekend!

Loree said...

I am not sure I would want that particular view :) Your view of the Seine is tres magnifique. BTW, prinjolata season will be around Carnival time. So in about 6 weeks time more or less.

Alexa said...

I could spend an entire day in this wonderful place—and have, picnic lunch and all (but you can't bring wine). You've captured the light and the peaceful feel perfectly, Genie!

Y. Ikeda said...

Magnificent capture of the Capital of beauty!
Thanks for sharing.
Yoshi

Cezar and Léia said...

I also feel the peaceful energy in this scenery there.And I also love the composition shot,the angle in this picture!
Bon dimanche!
bises
Leái

Halcyon said...

It certainly is an interesting place to wander!

Miss Sadie said...

A very interesting place, Genie, the scene of many "grave undertakings."

P.S.: I like the new picture of you, too!

Starman said...

Love the shadows.

EG Wow said...

For sure I would enjoy exploring this cemetery!

Randy said...

Oh the photographs that one could capture here. This photo is proof of that. Wonderful lighting.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» regrets that he has never visited Père Lachaise - but the fact that he hasn't is a splendid excuse to go back to Paris...

Jack said...

I have heard of Pere Lachaise for decades but have never visited. Got to move that up on my bucket list.

James said...

I love this place and I can spend hours walking around there. I like the mix of su and shade in this photo.