PARIS, FRANCE – It’s a bit out there (literally and figuratively), but it’s worth the trip. The twentieth arrondissement holds one of the most famous cemeteries in the world — Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Why so famous? Because Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and Frédéric Chopin are just waiting to take their picture with you. I mean, really. They’re not going anywhere because they’re dead. Say cheese!
Giant maps line this ginormous cemetery with lists and lists of famous and semi-famous people’s grave sites. Bring a Paris travel book that includes a cemetery map because it’s impossible to find a grave without one.
Morrison’s grave is filled with liquor and cigarette butts, Oscar Wilde’s is filled with kisses, and Edith Piaf’s is filled with flowers. (P.S. If you don’t know who Edith Piaf is, watch La Vie en Rose stat.) It’s all super-creepy and amazingly beautiful at the same time.
I know you’re asking, “Is it inappropriate to turn dead people into a tourist attraction? Is it rude to put cigarette butts on someone’s grave? How can a cemetery be that beautiful?” Get over it and accept the contradictions. It may be filled with dead people, but the living love to stroll down these paths.