My Paris has been beautiful. I hope this entry makes you feel like you took this trip with me.
Père Lachaise Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise; officially, cimetière de l'Est, "East Cemetery") is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, France (48 ha, 118.6 acres), though there are larger cemeteries in the city's suburbs.
Père Lachaise is in the 20th arrondissement, and is reputed to be the world's most-visited cemetery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years. It is also the site of three World War I memorials.
[above from Wikipedia]
This was on my Paris must-do list and after finally conquering jet-laggedness, I dared myself to venture out on my own, took the subway by myself, which was fairly easy, and arrived at the cemetery with ease. The day was grey, sunless, with scattered sprinkles of rain, not enough to get you wet...but enough to remind you you're alive. Rain does that to me, but I digress.
I didn't stay on the cobbled path, but rather worked my way among the tombstones where there was considerably less traffic, and more peace and quiet. There was a strange calmness in the air. A stillness of souls resting, years passing, and a sense of yearning, nostalgia. Time stops here to rest.
The above is my favorite image; a glass door to a tomb with flowers inside, her face, and my reflection.
The place was very antique; Tomb doors rusting gracefully with age, graves coated with green moss.
It was like being in a library or a museum. I could have sat here for ages.
A cute marker at the hall of ashes.
All the love and passion. All still here.
"She was sitting in a cupcake shop reading you."
"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life."
Bucket list: Check!
This was beautiful; sculpture of man laying atop a tomb with butterflies at his feet and a rose in his hand. There are some beautiful sculptures in this cemetery and this is just one of them.
My return on the subway
There are performers at just about every stop. This one was a very talented violinist selling her own CD's.