Tuesday, June 5th was our last full day in Paris and we still has so much we wanted to visit and re-visit! We started off taking the 69 Bus to the most prestigious and the most-visited cemetery in the world, the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.
This cemetery is huge and having a map is a must to visit it, especially if you are looking for specific graves. We didn’t have the chance to purchase the cemetery map, and couldn’t find a place anywhere around it where we could get it. But again thanks to the iPhone, Dustin was able to take a photo of the huge map at the cemetery’s entrance and use it to direct us around. Here is the map with street names, divisions & “prominent people’s graves” all marked on it.
Find the grave you want to visit!
We loved it there! We found it a peaceful place to wander around as well as historical and interesting. This cemetery really is a sanctuary in the middle of the city. It’s beautiful. The grounds wonder and roll, with cobblestone pathways, and overhanging covering greenery. The tombs are majestic, elegant, and classic. It is physically beautiful and spiritually relaxing, it kinda puts everything in perspective.
First stop for us was Jim Morrison grave. I was a huge fan of “The Doors” and of course I was really excited for this. It was really hard to find it, we got lost but slowly we weave our way to our destination, and as we get closer the grave was amazingly simple, small, tucked in between other tombs… totally unfit for one who influenced so many people in so many different ways.
Second stop was the tomb of the Polish composer Frederick Chopin.
Third stop was the grave of the French writer Marcel Proust.
And finally we got to see the tomb of Oscar Wilde. Apparently, the Irish author’s massive tomb was covered with lipstick markings and graffiti for the longest time, until they decided to place a glass barrier around the writer’s tomb to protect it from admirers’ greasy kisses. Well that didn’t stop anyone as the glass is covered with messages and kisses.
Oscar Wilde’s grave closer look.
We left the cemetery and walked towards the city…I know it’s pretty far. But walking is the best way to experience a city and we definitely did. On our way to the Bastille we walked through a not so nice neighborhood. The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris, where the Bastille prison was until the ‘Storming of the Bastille’ and its destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille.
The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) which commemorates the events of the July Revolution (1830) stands at the center of the square.
Other notable features is the Bastille Opera.
From there we walked again down one of the most fun street in Paris, the Saint Germain Boulevard. Since the day before my camera died right when we were around Notre-Dame and the Louvre, we decided to quickly re-visit that area. When we were getting closer to the Pont de l’Archevêché, we finally noticed someone selling locks! Dustin has been saying how crazy it was that no one had the brilliant idea of selling locks near the bridges…well it was destiny! We bought our tiny lock and wrote with a marker DNA heart. That was all we could fit on that teeny tiny lock.
We found a spot between thousands of locks and secured our little love lock on the bridge!
Took more photos of Notre-Dame, but this time we didn’t go inside.
I could visit the Louvre every day, it doesn’t get old!
I had to strike my favorite yoga pose, here is the dancer pose at the Louvre!
A self portrait at the Louvre is a MUST!
Next stop was the Musee d’Orsay. Here photos weren’t allowed. The Musee d’Orsay was an old train station with beautiful vaulted ceilings and huge beautiful clocks. I just loved the ambience there. We had such a great time looking at the huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by few of my favorite painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
We went to view the upper galleries where the big clock was.
The view was stupendous, and it was pretty good day as we could see Sacre Coeur.
Next stop was the Musée Rodin, a little piece of zen right in the heart of Paris. For me the most charming museum I’ve ever seen. Along with sculptures the Rodin Museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens and lime trees. It was beautiful to see them in a natural setting with special lighting for the occasion. Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures are in the garden, so it was great just to walk around outside and observe his sculptures. And of course this was Dustin playground as he had some fun with the art! Nothing wrong with having fun!
The Thinker – Le Penseur (1879–1889) is among the most recognized works in all of Rodin’s sculpture. Is made of bronze and marble.
The Thinker represents Dante, author of the Divine Comedy which had inspired The Gates, leaning forward to observe the circles of Hell, while meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free-thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry.
The Musée Rodin was just 5 minutes walk to our hotel. But of course the day wasn’t over yet! I wanted to go back to my favorite area of Paris, Montmartre! But before that we wanted to delight ourselves with a french baguette sandwich at Brasserie Le Malar, a faboulus little brasserie around the corner from our hotel.
Now that we were nice and fueled we were ready to venture again to Montmartre by Metropolitan.
After wondering around for a while we headed back by train again. Oh was the Mairie d‘Issy train station deep down into the underground! Check out Dustin running down the stairs!
And after doing 200 stairs…
We ended the day with another visit to the Trocadero to watch the Eiffel Tower again. Of course I had another Nutella Crepe in one of those little stand at the foot of the tower, AMAZING! We run into a nice american couple who offered to take a photo of us!
Of course Dustin had to goof around=))
And that was the end of our fun trip to Paris! We had an amazing time and I’d love to go back again one day! We went to the hotel and packed for the day after as we had a very early flight to Verona,Italy to finally see my family! But that’s another story!