Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Pere Lachaise revisited

Sammy always teases me that I love being a tourist here in Paris. Today I really felt I was a tourist. My French friend had a death in the family and she was going to the funeral today. After that, she was heading to Pere Lachaise, where her uncle would be buried. She had to take out a map to look up the location of Pere Lachaise. She told me it's been nearly 20 years since she'd been there.

I've been to Pere Lachaise twice in the last 5 years and I have no family or friends buried there. She actually has a family plot there. Here a real Parisian hasn't been there for years and I've been there twice. Yep. I'm a real tourist.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
11:22 PM



I just found your blog today and I have really enjoyed reading it. You give your readers an insight into French life and it is fascinating. Keep writing!

# posted by Sumeeta : 11:46 PM  

Wow...Merci for the great link. Funny, I live in San Francisco and just got back from Paris and I too, visit Pere Lachaise almost every time I'm in Paris. It is an amazing place, and absolutely unique, but I do pefer it on a sunny day! ;-)

PS...J'adore votre blog!!

# posted by k paul g : 3:05 AM  

Pere Lachaise would be right at the top of my list of must see's if I were visiting Paris. Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Pere Lachaise in that order.
Since your friend has grown up with it, it's probably not a big deal anymore.

# posted by BohemianMama : 7:14 AM  

Sumeeta, Thank you for leaving such a nice comment!
KPG, Pere Lachaise is an amazing and large place. There is so much history and so many fascinating stories about the people buried there. I agree... better on a sunny day. Merci.
BM, I guess if you grow up in Paris you don't feel a need to see some of the major sites... people always ask me how many Americans actually visit the Statue of Liberty.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 7:34 AM  

Hey! yeah I know what you mean! In NYC for example, I've never been to the top of the Empire State Building!

PS I will add you too!:) Love to share Expat stories!

# posted by mrsmogul : 1:57 PM  

I had the same feeling last Sunday when we saw our neighbours. We were on our way to dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge and our neighbours told us they've never been there.

# posted by Oz : 5:55 PM  

hey M,

Pere Lachaise is in my neck of the woods... I'm 5 minutes from there. If you ever need a tour of the place, you have to go with my husband, who is a walking encyclopedia of useless french trivia and a fanatic of the cemetary. He'll give you a great tour. It's our default choice for a weekend promenade.

# posted by NARDAC : 7:06 PM  

Auntie, you're not a tourist, you are THE tourist!!

You ARE also the Queen.

# posted by Sammy : 7:12 PM  

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