Père Lachaise

Père Lachaise is now one of my favorite places in the whole world. I wasn't expecting this. I only came here to see this guy:
because he was featured in Paris, je t'aime and the cemetery was at the end of the #69 bus tour recommended by Rick Steves.

But I got here and it was about 85 degrees and I was sweating like crazy and listening to Fruit Bats on my ipod and it was one of those perfect moments that feels like a dream, like I stumbled upon something too good for real life. The sky was a perfect bright blue and the enormous trees cast shadows everywhere and provided some relief from the heat. There were cobblestone pathways and plenty of reasons to leave them and explore the beautiful old graves and monuments. I wandered with my camera out for hours, listening The Ruminant Band on repeat because it made the perfect soundtrack. I took a leisurely lunch break at a nearby cafe and sipped a refreshing glass of Chardonnay and then plunged back into the cemetery. I even came back for another few hours another day because I couldn't stay away from this place. I want to see it in all seasons, all times of day. I am coming back.


  1. I could see that being the perfect place to stroll around on a sunny day. I wish I could go try!

    What is the last picture all about? I haven't seen that movie.

  2. fascinating post. these photos are wonderful!

    xo Alison

  3. Oh right, I probably should have explained that last photo. It's Oscar Wilde and people wear lipstick and kiss his tomb (I did not participate but it was cool to see!)

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your pictures and your trip looks fantastic. I know it is a little cliche to ask and very "American," but did you see Jim Morrison's grave?

  5. I am such a bad American...I did not see Jim Morrison's grave. Next time.