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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
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Owner description: This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries - authors, writers, musicians and more.
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Be prepared for the cobblestones. They are hard on ankles so we didn't stay as long as we have on previous visits. If mobility is an issue the lanes aren't smooth and accommodating to wheelchairs. We saw one couple start in with a wheelchair and give up after a few minutes because it was so difficult to maneuver. So wear good supportive shoes with lots of ankle support and warm socks if you go in the winter. We wanted to take some photos late in the evening with the full moon, but the weather was pretty foggy, skies cloudy and uncooperative.
So many of the grave sites have been vandalized that it made me sad to think about the lack of respect that people have for this historic location. Jim Morrison's grave is well visited, but certainly nothing dramatic as far as design or creation. If you didn't know that it was his grave you could easily overlook it as a fairly recent and inexpensive addition. There is fence surrounding it to keep "worshippers" off and the litter down. Still saw a lot of cigarette and other smokeable litter strew about the site. Some of the other, older graves have or had stained glass doors and windows. Much of that is now broken by thrown rocks and bottles.
The cemetery is massive and you'll need a map to find specific historical graves such as Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Maps are sold at a kiosk by the entrance, or take another reviewers advice and use your tablet. Last time I was there Wilde's tomb stone was covered with lipstick stains and other love notes. Now it is protected with a plexiglass shell.
The real estate value here must be remarkably expensive. However, lots of the tombstones have come loose from the ground with gaping space between earth and slab. I wonder if families are required to maintain the sites and after they all die no one has a duty to tend the graves?
Do yourself a favor and make sure your bladder is empty before you start. It's a long trip back to the facilities and often a line for your turn.
We wanted to bring lunch and eat during our visit, but it was really just too wet and uncomfortable. Maybe next time when the weather is a little warmer and dryer.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

It' s a little piece of heaven in the middle of Paris! Walking around is actually relaxing. It is quiet and peaceful, a nice break from the noise and bustle outside. Bring a map (or use you Ipad like I did ) so you can figure out who is buried where.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

I loved this place and could have spent hours here. We did spend a few hours here, but we finally were almost at the last grave we wanted to see when the driver came around and SCREAMED for us to leave. We tried to expain we just needed 2 more minutes, the grave was only 7 graves in at the block we were on. But again, the SCREAMING. It was 7 minutes until close. I would make sure you see what you can before closing time. These were the only rude Parisians we enountered in a week.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Went here in 1986 to see Jim Morrisons grave - but there are so many other things to see as well. Very impressed!

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Huge graveyard. A visit often take more time that you wished. Follow the people and you'll end up at Jim Morrissons grave. It can happen from time to time (but not always) that you find people crying next to the grave or people dressed up in clothes that stand out. Edith Piaff is also a very visited grave. Some parts of the graveyard is beutifully green while others are very grey. Can be boring to visit this place in the rain, since it's big and outdoors.

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