Autumn At The Père Lachaise Cemetery (I)

Père Lachaise CemeteryAs a mad attempt to see more of Paris before I left for at least a month, I journeyed up to the 20th to have a wander around the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Containing the tombs of some of France’s finest, as well as a few ‘why are you here?’ strangers, the Père Lachaise Cemetery spans 44 hectares and is the largest and cemetery in Paris. Opened in 1804, the cemetery houses notable names such as Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Rossini and Balzac and is a maze of tombs and winding paths.

Without a map its almost unnavigable.

So, obviously, I went without said map.

I mean, to be honest I just didn’t want to pay for one. I’d rather save my euros for a macaron or something. For this reason I didn’t actually see most of the super famous tombs, but I didn’t care too much. Despite living in Paris I’m not exactly up to speed with French culture and many of the famous names simply flew straight over my head.

Each tomb is a gorgeous structure, personal to the deceased and their family. Some are archaic in style, others are more modern. Some, I’m looking at you, Oscar Wilde, are just a bit weird. There’s something new and interesting to see with each bend in the road. It was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day and I was just happy to be away from university and wandering the paths, kicking the leaves underneath my feet.

A beautiful place to visit if you fancy a quiet stroll in Paris, away from the screaming tourists, and are on the hunt for something a little different.

To save your internet speed, and mine, I’ve separated my photos from the afternoon into two posts. The next one will be up in a few days. Lets keep the autumn spirit alive as long as possible, shall we?

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