Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cimetiere Pere Lachaise in Paris, France

MR finally joined us in Paris last night. Unfortunately that meant that we had to say goodbye to KR, who had to go back to her family. As always it was hard to say goodbye and let go, but this time was definitely easier than the last (click here for the post). I guess this time around I knew that we would be seeing each other again soon (hopefully next year) and that no matter what our friendship would stand the distance. Anyways, as soon as we picked up MR from the train station, we immediately immersed into the tourist spirit visiting several landmarks before deciding to go home close to midnight. Tomorrow was going to be a busy and fun day.

First thing on our list - Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise. Some of you might think - what the hell are they doing visiting a cemetery in Paris? Well, first, I've always had an appreciation for cemetery art. Back in the Philippines, I particularly loved the Chinese cemeteries. And second, le Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise has become quite a tourist spot; there were even tours with tour guides going on!

What I didn't plan was to spend a whole morning here. But when we realized how big the cemetery was, we knew we couldn't do otherwise.

The cemetery was like a museum and our eyes feasted on this:

Que devient le reve quand le reve est fini.
What happens to the dream when the dream is done.

Even nature had us amazed. It was truly a calm and solemn place to rest.

And we couldn't leave without making special stops at the resting places of some of the greats who marked history.

Jim Morrison

Yves Montand - one of my father's favorite actor

The one of a kind French music icon, Edith Piaf 

Oscar Wilde, known for his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest 

And finally, a special thought to all the men who fought the Algerian war - a war which my own father fought.

"For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one." Kalil Gibran


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