Adam and I spent some recent afternoons meandering down the shaded cobblestone paths of two cemeteries in Paris – Père Lachaise and Montparnasse. Although Père Lachaise is much more vast and wondrous, they both provide a serene retreat from the noise and crowds found just beyond their walls. Navigating the twists and turns of Père Lachaise is like being lost in an exquisite dream, one imbued with some of the world’s most illustrious writers, artists and thinkers.
Sprinkled among the grandiose, we came across graves (largely modest and unadorned) of some of history’s most cherished and venerated individuals. Among them are figures like Frédéric Chopan, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Honoré de Balzac, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir – all laid to rest in the city of light.