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Published: October 15th 2010
How cool is that!?!
I went to Pere-Lachaise cemetery today, Paris' equivalent of Highgate. It was really beautiful, lined with tombs that had little chapels above them, other tombs were overgrown in that fairytale way and some were just great works of art. The sun shone, there was no wind, it was quiet and relaxing and lovely to get away from the bustle of the centre.
Oscar Wilde's tomb was covered in grafitti and lipstick from where people had kissed it. One wag had even written 'You're one of the few reasons I'm proud to be Irish'! By the tomb was a warning saying it was protected by law and should not be grafittiied or marked in any way, but surely that's what Oscar would have wanted? He was a rebel and he did say 'Resist everything but temptation'. It's strange though how a man who made millions laugh gets a tomb this size and a man responsible for wars that killed millions gets a tomb Napoleon's size. What a very stupid world we live in.
As I'm in France I decided to do a bit of French cuisine. I had steak tartare with cotes du rhone and crepes citron for lunch. Tres
St Michel's Fountain
Yes, the water really is bright green. Tasty too.
In the afternoon I went to the Bastille. There's now only a monument, the Bastille has been missing since that terrible storm of '89. 😊
Had a gander at the Arc du Carousel, a sort of smaller Arc de Triomphe that used to gate a palace. It's interesting for its pink marble ionic columns. You don't see that very often. It stands by the Louve opposite a big glass pyramid. Supposedly modern art, it is completely incongruous with the rest of the classical palace and looks like a temporary greenhouse. Ugh!
Off to the catacombs today to look at thousands of skeletons and then to Sacre Coeur on the Butte and finally the Eurostar at 8pm.
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