Buried in Paris

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montparnasse cemetery lane

Paris is a nice place to do many things. It’s a nice place to walk, eat, drink, to get lost, sit, and shop. And after visiting several of their cemeteries, I’m convinced that Paris is also a nice place to be buried. Père Lachaise, Montmartre, Montparnasse. These are some of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve ever seen, with gorgeous, haunting headstones, beautiful landscaping, and crows flying overhead, keeping watch of everything and creating the perfect atmosphere.

It can be hard to find specific graves in the crowded laneways, but thankfully the cemeteries in Paris have maps at the entrances so you can find just who you’re looking for. In my case, I wanted to visit some famous writers: Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Émile Zola, Jean Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir, and Honoré de Balzac. Not a bad way to spend the day. And definitely not a bad final resting place.

 

Proust

Wilde

Zola

Sartre

Balzac

cemetery flowers

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