Visiting a cemetery seems like a strange thing put on an itinerary especially when the occasion is to celebrate a silver wedding! However, we have been to Père Lachaise before and always promised we would visit again when we had more time.
It is the largest of the municipal cemeteries in Paris and holds the last remains of a number of famous folk. You can get a map to help guide you around 110 acres.
Many families have established ‘telephone box’ sized chapels which house the remains of multiple members of the family. Some are very ornate whilst others simple. They all offer the chance to sit, contemplate and remember.
As there are in many cemeteries, there are monuments to the fallen. This impressive sculpture is to commemorate those who died in the concentration camps of Flossenburg & Mauthausen
Many visitors go to Père Lachaise to search out graves of famous folk. Edith Piaf always has flowers and surprisingly, the grave of Jim Morrison, for many a rock legend is tucked away and quite small.
Maybe the one graves visited by many from across the world is that of Oscar Wilde. Known not only for his writings but also for his support of legalizing homosexuality his tomb has had to have a glass cover protecting it to stop people leaving kisses on the marble.
You have to die in Paris or be living there in order to be considered to be buried in this cemetery and even then there is a waiting list for plots!