Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day 18: Day of the Dead

On Janet and John's last day in Paris we decided to visit a couple of the cemeteries. We went to Montmartre Cemetery where Degas, Victor Hugo, and Francois Truffaut are buried. We were going to see the Catacombs, but when we got there it was closed due to vandalism It will reopen "when order is restored." We had lunch at a rotisserie restaurant near the Catacombs. I had lamb and everyone else enjoyed the rotisserie chicken.

Pere Lachaise is a huge cemetery. The hills and the cobblestoned roads make it very tiring to explore. We saw the burial spots for Abelard and Heloise, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Oscar Wilde, and, of course, Jim Morrison. We capped the evening with a quick stroll through Luxembourg Gardens before they closed.

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