Today we went to Pere Lachaise cemetery and started the hunt for Jim Morrison’s grave site….we were there most of the day. Amazing place. I have NEVER seen anything like it. We finally found Morrison’s grave and carved our name into the tree at his spot. Actually, I carved my son’s name because I knew that would be special to him. The grave is modest and in a place quite hard to find. We then went to find Amedeo Modigliani’s grave and while looking ran into a Parisian woman who was tending a gravesite who helped us locate Modigliani along with Edith Piaff’s grave. We also found Sarah Berhardt’s grave. The cemetery is massive and the graves or tombs are like small cathedrals! You really can’t imagine it unless you see it with your own eyes!
Late in the afternoon, we sought out a cool trendy area we had read about called St. Martins’ Canal, sampled their pastries, visited their neighborhood flower garden, and shopped around in the unique shops. In the light sprinkle of rain and the almost cold temperature, we headed back to the Metro to go to the Invalides and the Champs Elysees (had to go there again!). The area is pure grandeur – beyond description. That famous bridge that you see in the movies (Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, etc) is there alongside massive structures and sculptures laden with gold. Everywhere you turn in this city you are met with a surprise of history and magnificent architecture…..
Dining tonight at a beautiful French restaurant “Laduree” was a real treat. The opulent surroundings made you feel like you had been transported to 1890’s Paris. Delicious food and wonderful dessert.
I bet we have eaten our weight in bread since we have been here! I mean really! When you are out and about all day like we have been we skip meals, then as you are walking you see this amazing Patisserie with all these beautiful breads and pastries and you (I) cannot resist!! But I can’t feel too bad, with all the walking we are doing, we deserve it!! ; )
Inspite of anything you might have heard, the French people have been wonderful, helpful and friendly – dispite our crippleing disability to speak their language. And the biggest shock of all….no tips! Everything is included in your check – makes it so easy. Tonight we had a disco moment with our cab driver as he pumped up the music and we sang Tom Jones “She’s a Lady” and Abba’s “Knowing me knowing you” with him on the way back to the hotel. Life is wonderful!
Tomorrow we head to the “granddaddy of all Paris flea markets” at Clingnancourt. I’ve been saving for this! Not sure how we will get anything we buy back home with us but I can’t think about that right now, instead I’m hitting the bath then lights out!