Jan '05 - Jan '07
Cemeteries usually have a very peacefull atmosphere, they are a place where you find silence, be on your own. Right? Wrong!
Sometimes cemeteries are tourists attraction, with guided tours, highlights and unknown treasures, as the Montparnasse, Pere Lachaise or Monmartre (probably the most famous cemeteries in the world). The atmosphere is very special and solemn. The tombstones are amazing and you might even have the feeling of a time travel. The very famous figures buried there contribute to the interesting experience. But I have to say I felt at the border of ridiculous while highlighting on the map the tombs I was interested in. it was kind of like: ”˜ok, I have to see: Gericault, Morrison (dah!), Chopin. How about Modigliani? Well, if he is on the way there, why not?' while cheking with a red pen a X on the map. Later on I found myself waiting at Balzac's grave for a guide to finish his story and to proceed with his group of 20 people.””the guides are something! Have you ever listened to them? They always make very ”˜social' jokes, buy their audience with juicy information (something like vip news) and explain everything in such a way that they ask for a question (and there will always be somebody to put the question). They are actors who mime endless patience but I bet it's not too hard to make them lose it. Then again there still are people who have to go to Moliere's grave to find out that he existed. - if you have trouble finding a grave, follow the flock.
If you get lost or go through the graves and not on the avenues you will find hidden/ forgotten / unknown treasures. the atmosphere is full of a history you paint inside your head. and god knows, there are moments when places like these are extremely tempting!!!
Nevertheless, it is nice to see metrotickets, letters, books, photos under a small stone on a grave. On Nadar's grave (which didn't look very good) there was a photo film!
The MAN was not as expected Jim Morrison but Oscar Wilde. His tombstone was full of ”˜kisses'. I was totally surprised and still don't understand it. Maybe he is mistaken for Dorian Gray. Anyway, chicks apparently love him. Besides the letters and flowers left on the grave, there also was a jar with sour cucumbers. Women!