Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Paris: Cimitiere de Montmartre

I've always been fascinated by cemeteries, ever since my grand-dad started taking me to view the graves of dearly-departed relatives in central Texas back in the 70s. I used to wander through aisle after aisle, reading inscriptions and being morbidly interested in the stones of children and other people who left the earth too soon; I wondered how they might have died. Perhaps this was an odd thing for an (over)imaginative girl-child to do, but in the scorching heat of small-town-summer Texas, it was a good way to pass the time. Even at that age, I keenly observed the designs of the various headstones, and until my grandparents insisted that we leave and head for a coffee and ice cream break, I would search for the oldest and most weather-worn. 

So you can imagine that I simply had to visit Cimitiere de Montmartre, especially since we stayed right across the street from it. There are quite a few famous people buried there, such as Truffaut, Berlioz, Degas, Delibes, Stendahl, Nijinsky, and Récamier, and we did spot some of their graves. But true to my old ways, I preferred just wandering and observing.


tori said...

I love doing this too. Anytime I travel somewhere new I try to make it to one to look around. I don't know if I've ever seen any as beautiful as the pics you have taken.
My favorite cemeteries so far are in Boston. Many of the head stones are humorus as well as beautiful.
I love the statue of the girl dropping flowers!

RMb said...

gorgeous photos!!! i love the kitties that made appearences too!

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

Every time I plop over to your blog, a big smile forms across my face! Your blog just makes me happy! Have a whimsical week, sweetie!


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web design Los Angeles said...

Those shots are beautiful. The cemetery doesn't look scary at all. Wonderful post! Good job!

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