October 09

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11 Père-Lachaise

PÈRE-LACHAISE

Kissing Oscar Wilde

 

We originally came to la Cimetière du Père-Lachaise looking for Isadora Duncan. Her spectacular life and death–one of her legendary endless scarves catching in the rear wheel of her sports car and strangling her–led us to assume that she would own a spectacular grave here. Alas, she only occupied a nondescript box in a marble wall up in back by the crematorium. But as for the rest of this enormous and chaotic monument to the eccentricity in the human soul: Molière, Eugène Delacroix, Georges Bizet, Frédéric Chopin, Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Gertrude Stein, Colette, Edith Piaf, Marcel Marceau, Richard Wright, Yves Montand, and Jim Morrison all slept here… And still do.