This is an embarrassing thing to admit but after both living in Paris and returning almost a dozen times since, I had still never spent a day roaming the beautiful Père Lachaise cemetery. When we returned for the holidays it was on the top of my list and I made a point not to skip it. The day we went the weather was overcast but thankfully not too cold. It was one of the most beautiful walks I have ever taken in Paris. So much life and history can be found here and its just so breathtaking and dreamy to wander through. I loved seeing where Edith Piaf, Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and so many other great talents were laid to rest. My favorite though was finding the grave of Abelard & his Heloise – one of history’s most famous and tragic love stories.
Walking up and down the hill and through all the rows you definitely get a good workout. We walked for a couple of hours and still didn’t get to see the entire cemetery and I can’t wait to return to explore even more. Some are a bit tricky to find so I highly recommend you download one of the apps that feature a map and list of the most popular sites. Be careful of data usage but it’s definitely worth using for part of your walk. Bring some fresh roses to leave with your favorite artists.
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