Through the recent years we have been to the Montparnasse cemetery at least five times. Unlike a more 'touristy' Pere Lachaise, the Montparnasse Cemetery is more tranquil and relaxing. Some days there would be just a few visitors here and there. The list of famous people, distinguished not only in the history of France but other countries and the entire world, defies description. The only problem, however, is locating a grave one is looking for. You can pick up a free map at the entrance (or on-line) but often a time this very general map is of no help giving only a very rough idea of the location needed. Certain graves such as Serge Gainsbourg's and Jean-Paul Sartre's and Simone de Bouvoir's are easy to find because of their either central or next-to-the-main-entrance respective locations; the others require meticulous walks back and forth and putting lots of effort and persistence. You could be standing a foot away from Chaim Soutine's grave and still easily miss it. It took us over half an hour to find Albert Dreyfus's grave, standing all that time withing a few feet away from it. Don't be mistaken by Charles Baudelaire's big-scale statue by the wall, it is not his grave. Look for the family grave of the Aurics (Baudelaire's hated step-father), that's Charles Baudelaire's proper burial place. To avoid inevitable frustrations our advice is to invest more time in your visit and definitely more patience. Don't forget to visit the second eastern part of the cemetery too (located to the east of rue Emile Richard).
The restroom facilities are located by the main (northern) entrance on Boulevard Edgar Quinet. Please do not expect America-style amenities; it is quite antiquated.
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