November 2, 2009
so since i was in charge of making my own halloween entertainment this year, i decided to visit père lachaise cemetary, the largest in paris and perhaps the most famous in the world. this is the grave site of the likes of molière, honoré de balzac, abelard and hèloïse, marcel marceau, max ernst, oscar wilde, gertrude stein, chopin, edith piaf, jim morrison, arnedeo modigliani, marcel proust, jean de brunhoff (author of babar the elephant)… and so on and so forth.
where halloween is rarely celebrated in france, all saints day is. so on november first, it is customary to place flowers on the graves of loved ones, and it seems more appropriate that this post celebrates that. it is a very interesting place to wander around, and is perhaps the most beautiful cemetary i have ever seen (yes, i understand just how weird it is to say that).