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Père Lachaise Cemetery

Come with me as we wander Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery. The 4 hours we spent in Père Lachaise was such a peaceful respite from the site-seeing we had been doing. The beautiful paths and shady trees encourage you to meander and refresh yourself. It is the most beautiful place and so different from traditional cemeteries where we live. There are some 70,000 graves here with a multitude of famous people to be discovered.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

The cemetery is set up with street signs to help direct you as you follow your map. There are 108 acres here so allow plenty of time.

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Being a lifelong piano player, Chopin’s grave was one of the places at the top of my list.

Père Lachaise Cemetary, Chopin's Grave

Père Lachaise Cemetary, Chopin’s Grave

There are so many beautiful vistas to enjoy.

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Edith Piaf, France’s little sparrow was another grave we sought out, along with Jim Morrison (the crowds and guard at his grave prevented a picture).

Edith Piaf’s Grave

 

Héloïse and Abélard

Héloïse and Abélard

What left a lasting impression were all the war memorials and the memorials to the victims of the holocaust. These were very sobering.

The engraving: "Beneath this stone lie some of the ashes of 7000 French who were assassinated by the Nazis at Camp Neuengamme. They died so that we can live free.

The engraving: “Beneath this stone lie some of the ashes of 7000 French who were assassinated by the Nazis at Camp Neuengamme. They died so that we can live free.”

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Auschwitz Memorial

Buchenwold-Dora Memorial

Buchenwold-Dora Memorial

 

 

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