Père-Lachaise
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Intriguing Cemetery with Heart
This beautiful Parisian cemetery is on the Boulevard de Menilmontant and next to the Metro station Philippe August (on line 2), in the 20th arrondissement. Upon entrance to the main gate, be sure to grab a map in hope of not getting too lost. The art work on the memorials and the stories behind the names on the head stones inspire great tragedy and romance; it is a photographer and wanderer's dream. The locals call it the la cite des morts (the city of the dead) and it's the ideal place to explore if you've seen a lot of Paris before and are looking to dig a bit deeper. Here are some of my favorite tombs. 1) Oscar Wilde, (all of those declarations and kisses left behind). 2) Georges Rodenbach, Belgian writer and poet of the 19th century and the tomb from the photo. 3) Victor Noir, who became more famous in death (by duel) than life. I'll let you hunt down the answers as to why his tomb is seen as good luck for fertility.4) Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas buried side by side in a testament to their love. Gericault, Piaf, Chopin, Heloise and Abelard. Even Jim Morrison. An afternoon here is guaranteed to leave you anything but frustrated as you're sure be lost a time or two, but grateful for the treasures you weren't expecting, along the way.
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