I love cemeteries which I suppose is a good thing since I’ll probably spend eternity in one. I love their serenity, their history and their art. One of my favorites is Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It’s the most popular in the world for checking out graves of its famous dead like Jim Morrison, Chopin, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein and, of course, Oscar Wilde. There are so many folks buried there —300,000 at last count — it can take you a lifetime to explore…
My photographic tour of this Disneyland of the dead.
Père Lachaise is filled with winding pathways through neighbourhoods of those who’ve passed on.
Apparently living people sleep in some of these mausoleums. Some do it so they can hang out
near Jim Morrison’s grave in the early morning hours.
And for celebration here’s the resting place of Chopin,
one of my favorite musicians — and a true poet of the ivories.
There are many haunting images to be found at Père Lachaise.
…and some cute ones like this kiss for Oscar Wilde whose tomb, by the way, is covered
by a thousand lipstick kisses of fans from all over the world.
Raphael has been giving “unofficial” cemetery tours and keeping watch over Jim Morrison’s grave for
30 years, every day. He works by donation so give him one when you visit Père Lachaise. Let him show
you the graves and light your fire.
And last but not least, is Jim Morrison’s place, possibly the only grave in the world with its own
security guards who watch over the grave so visitors don’t steal it, piece by piece.
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