I thought about visiting a cemetery yesterday, but frankly I am not a big fan of morbid crowds, so I decided instead to visit Père Lachaise today in morbid solitude. Rain was threatening, but it did not fall while I was there. It fell in abundance later in the day. I did not look for any famous tombs at all and decided that maybe I would photograph any famous tombs that I saw, maybe not. I was asked by a Filipino man if I knew where Jim Morrison was, but all I could tell him was "I know it's not far from here." So, anyway instead of doing my usual (sometimes boring) photo report, which would not at all be the first photo report mentioning Père Lachaise here, I decided to try to do a video instead. However, I'll probably add a few photos afterwards, most of which already appear in the video furtively.
Also, I do understand that the video might be blocked in certain countries due to the music rights, but just tell me if that is the case and I will upload a new version with authorised music.
I can't watch now, but just because this computer is in "safety" mode.
Those wet mossy stones are slippery underfoot. My favorite celebrity graves lie near the Roquette entrance: Heloise and, to a lesser extent, her unworthy Abelard. (Favorite celebrity would be Wilde, but I dislike his monument.)
Bravo!! That was superb, Kerouac. I absolutely love how you chose the photos and they way you processed them that so perfectly conveyed the mood. The way you trained the camera at the ground at times really caught the feeling of pensively moving through the cemetery. You may have missed your calling!
Looks like you went uphill from the Roquette entrance, a brave choice but no doubt good for slowing down and appreciating details.
I think that the main entrance at the end of rue de la Roquette is the only entrance that appropriately respects the dimension and majesty of the cemetery. I know that a lot of people prefer the back entrance just because they don't want to walk uphill. However, I don't think that people should even visit that cemetery if they don't want to climb around its hills.
Père Lachaise actually has 5 different entrances. This time I left through one that I had never used before -- Porte de la Réunion. There was a sign saying that it is going to be closed for most of the rest of this month for some minor renovation work.
The musical first segment I kept waiting for those three chords in arpeggio to be resolved.
The Reunion entrance is my favorite, I like slipping in stealthily and I just like the walk along Rue de Bagnolet. There's also a neat little public garden on your right just before you reach the entrance.
I've entered it more often from rue de la Réunion or from the entrance off rue des Pyrénées, not out of a fear of climbing (one climbs from rue de la Réunion as well, as you can see in Kerouac's photos) but because I happened to be staying near one of those two entrances.
Beautiful Kerouac - I wish I could do something like that. Porte de la Réunion entrance leads one to the little Nature Garden I visited and photographed some years back now. Walking further down rue de Bagnolet is a famous old bar at number 15 - Le Piston Pelican with it's lovely curved old zinc bar.
Today happens to be the anniversary of the opening of Père Lachaise:21 May 1804. The first 'resident' was a 5-year old girl. But since it was way out of the city limits back then, it wasn't popular at all and there were only 13 burials there the first year. To make it more popular, the tombs of La Fontaine and Molière were transferred there in 1817. Ten years later, there were already 33,000 people!
Père Lachaise Cemetery was opened on 21 May 1804. The first person buried there was a five-year-old girl named Adélaïde Pailliard de Villeneuve, the daughter of a doorman of the Faubourg St. Antoine whose tomb is long lost.
You are welcome to come to waterloo. I can drive you around. We have some nice cemeteries including the one in Rixensart ? Where Edgar p Jakob is buried. Under a sphinx. And I am serious about welcoming you.