Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pere Laschaise....

Paris' most hauntingly beautiful place of rest

At every turn of the shady cobblestoned alleyways
I found familiar names
Frederic Chopin
Oscar Wilde
Honore de Balzac
and the unlucky lovers
~Heloise and Abelard~''

My sister and I spent a full day here and still didn't  see
half of the  sites on our list.
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Cezar and Léia said...

This place doesn't look sad, but peaceful.
Great pictures!

Joe said...

Cemeteries can be quite fascinating.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

PL is a great place for strolling aimlessly or for locating the famous. You can make many visits here and never feel that you have seen it all... love that second shot


Suzi said...

This is an uncanny and beautiful spot. I have strolled these maze of lane ways looking for the famous and the unfamous of Paris. You would think it might be dreary to do so but it wasn't.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

How interesting Diane. We've watched the movie Balzac staring Gerald Depardeau several times and enjoyed it. Balzac's grave is very elegant.

A friend of ours studied at Le Cordon Bleu and, at her death, wanted her ashes spread in the Jardin du Luxenbourg Tuileries Gardens. Her sister took her ashes there and now, when we visit Paris, we plan to visit Barbara in the gardens.

Carolyn said...

So many beautiful things for you to see!


La Table De Nana said...

It's on my Bucket List~:)

Diane said...

I find graveyards fascinating. I must put this on my list of places to visit next time. I am planning a visit for next spring (with a bit of luck!) xxxxxx

Aris Whittier said...

So beautiful. I can only imagine what it would feel like to be standing there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dianne
Thank you for your always kind comments that you leave for me! I have to tell you I love Heloise and Abelard and searched Pere Laschaise for an hour till I found them! This cemetery is so wonderful to see!!
No I do not speak fluent french and actually just started to learn it a bit but my job is kind of a crash course in it right now!
Well hope your week is wonderful!!

joanna said...

So beautiful! I drool every time I come for a visit! your pics are gorgeous!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Nigel and I spent 3 days in Paris a couple of years ago and we still have soooooo much to see.... Diane

ParisBreakfasts said...

I'm not a big fan of les cimitaires - have you visited Peter's Paris? He is mad for them.
But I love visiting your carrousel every time - it never disappoints

Melissa said...

I'm not surprised that you didn't find half of the names on your list! On my map, they told us what area of the cemetery a person was in, but nothing more specific. My friend and I ended up turning it into a giant "where's waldo" competition to see who could find Seurat, Chopin, and a bunch of others first. I totally won. :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

I have enjoyed your post and photos today and thanks for sharing.
We made a trip one Sunday morning to the very old cemetery in Montmartre, and found Degas grave and a few other people. I will have to share soon.


Peter said...

Père Lachaise is of course the "must" when it comes to Paris cemeteries, but the Montmartre and Montparnasse ones are certainly also worth to be visited. As you obvioulsy have noted, I'm just now a "victim" of the Montmartre one, of its beauty and of all the names of artists, scientists ... and the memories and references that they bring. Somehow, there is a story to be told about each tomb ...

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Ah I see Peter has been over to you too :-) I am loving his posts about cemeteries .. yours is brilliant too. Never been to this one, . I NEED more time ♥


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