It seems a bit of a maudlin thing to do, stroll around a graveyard and take photos, but Père-Lachaise is not just any graveyard. Anyone who’s anyone is dying to be buried here and tourists, well, they are dying to take photos of their graves. Some people can never escape the paparazzi even in death.
Père-Lachaise is one of the quietest places you’ll visit in Paris, for obvious reasons, and not really depressing (though I wouldn’t want to be locked in after dark). In fact it’s quite peaceful with its sweetly scented, tree-lined avenues and shady nooks.
A handy free map, available from the newstand at the entrance, marks where all the famous graves are, such as the likes of Collette, Chopin, Edith Piaf and showstoppers, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Wear comfortable walking shoes as 44 hectares is a lot of ground to cover.
You might want to bring your lunch as well, and if eating sandwiches amongst gravestones feels a bit odd there is a shady park in the middle called Monument aux morts (though with a name like that it won’t make your ham and cheese any more palatable). Happy grave hunting!
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