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Paris, Day 2

Day 2 dawned grey and chilly, but dry. As May 1st is a public holiday in France, none of the shops or museums were open, so we'd decided on a leisurely morning of wandering around Père Lachaise cemetery, followed by a leisurely afternoon in the Bois de Vincennes, which we knew houses a botanical garden and a zoo.

Because of Labour Day, we couldn't get a map of where to find all the graves of famous people, and there weren't any crowds to follow, so we just took a left here and a right there, and found both Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison's graves quite by accident.



I quite like these ceramic wreaths adorning some of the graves


Two men fell to their deaths from a height of 8600 metres when their hot air balloon crashed in 1875.


Just a typical Père Lachaise stairway


several fans had gathered round Edith Piaf's grave


And all of a sudden, there were masses of people! Singing The International, too, so it must have been something to do with Labour Day, though we couldn't find out what exactly. Perhaps some important Communists are buried there? They were in the 'Victims of Nazi atrocities'-section.


I had imagined Jim Morrison's final resting place to be thronging with people. But although the flowers were fresh, we were the only ones there


We went on to the Bois de Vincennes after lunch, but we didn't stay there for very long, as a creepy man followed us all about. We probably could have dealt with him if he'd tried anything funny, if my sister hadn't chosen that time to start regaling us to stories of women having been murdered and in one case partially eaten, then buried in the Bois de Boulogne some years ago. My niece and I decided caution is the better part of valour, and beat a hasty retreat back to Vincennes and the nearest patisserie.

Back at the hotel, we dined on strawberries that we'd bought at a local market; and then went back out again to take in the view of Paris by night from the top of Tour Montparnasse.


Paris sunset


The Eiffel tower as seen from Tour Montparnasse

tbc

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gamiila
May. 6th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Not bad for a mobile phone, eh?

Silly us, not one of us had thought to bring our cameras.