January 18, 2013
In Paris, walking in the paths of the dead isn’t the morbid pursuit it might be considered back home in the U.S. After all, American cemeteries tend to be row after row of simple headstones, often surrounding rather basic marble mausoleums. There is nothing to marvel at in these places.
Paris cemeteries, on the other hand, welcome the living, perhaps even more so than their deceased counterparts. From the hillside of Montmartre to the bustle of Montparnasse and the sprawling tranquility of Père Lachaise, the final resting places of those both famous and ordinary are at once outdoor museum and serene parkland.