This is no Paris secret but needs mentioning anyway. Opened in 1804 on the site of a former Jesuit retreat, Père Lachaise is today one of the world's largest and most famous cemeteries. Not as obvious a tourist attraction as the Eiffel or the Louvre, the cemetery is a fascinating walk through history and is a great way to spend a quiet morning. (Buy a map before going in).
|Always a lot of flowers for Piaf|
Although I can find volumes of information on the cemetery, I can’t seem to find an actual site to buy a plot today. I guess that’s a clue. Not just anyone can be buried here. BUT…..scattering ones ashes in Père Lachaise seems like an excellent final resting place (although possibly illegal if we're going to be picky). If anyone is going to do it for me, no rush of course, near Pissarro would be nice. Or Piaf. Or Balzac. Well, actually any place would be fine because I’d be in Paris.
If you can't wait for you next trip to Paris, take a look at the Virtual Visit the Père Lachaise has put together
Forever by Heddy Honigmann- A documentary tour of the importance of art in the lives of visitors to the Père-Lachaise cemetery
"(Five out of Six Stars) Exquisite! ... How can a film about a graveyard contain so much life?... FOREVER is ultimately a meditation on the human condition and how, in the midst of grief and loss, we manage to create fragile, piercing joys." -Tom Beer, Time Out New York
|Notes for Modigliani|