Most folks who visit the Père Lachaise cemetery, Paris's largest burial ground, make a beeline for the graves of two icons: Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. And while you can no longer kiss Wilde's headstone (long a tradition) and the commemorative bust of Morrison was stolen (never to be replaced), they're still worth the pilgrimage. Established in 1804, the cemetery is the resting place of many other greats, including Honore de Balzac, Frédéric Chopin and Camille Pissarro. As it is located on the high hills of Paris, you can catch a great view of the city— highly recommended, especially during dusk hours.
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A Grave Walk
Visiting a foreign cemetery may seem strange, but Pere La Chaise cemetery was more like a park; gorgeous landscaping, rolling hills, interesting tombstones, and famous people were put to rest there. Look for Jim Morrison and many others.
You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours walking among the gravestones and imagining the lives these Parisians lived.
A truly unique travel experience that shouldn’t be missed in Paris.
I felt like I was in a horror movie... There was a man dressed in all black that I saw when I first entered the cemetary, hiding behind a grave. I never saw him again. There were moments when I was literally alone, which is nearly impossible to accomplish in Paris. I enjoyed every moment though.