Pere Lachaise

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2008

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Friday, July 25, 2008

I got up at 5:30 AM. We went out early and walked down Rue du Faubourg du Temple to the Monoprix. I'd say it's about 3 blocks down the street past the Republique. It was a beautiful morning, very quiet still. Nothing seemed open yet, except an occasional cafe. Traffic was light.

When we got to the Monoprix at 7:00 AM, we discovered that it didn't open until 9:00. Shoot. So went to Au Grand Turenne for a cafe creme deca and limonades after we walked around some more getting to know our neighborhood.

Finally, the store opened, and we got to do our shopping. The three of us thought it was pretty fun. The Monoprix has toiletries, cosmetics, household goods, clothes, and groceries. Besides food, we needed to buy toilet paper, dishwasher tabs, and shampoo for the kids.

We also bought some courgettes and nectarines at the epicerie right by our apartment.

We decided to go to Pere Lachaise Cemetary. We walked and walked. We came across the Belleville open air market that seemed to last forever. We walked down the middle of it for as long as we could stand. But it was utter chaos, and the kids were in a line behind me each holding on to the other and then on to me so they wouldn't be swallowed by the buzzing crowd. The vendors shouting from both sides trying to get you to buy their goods added to the pandemonium. That was one open air market I never want to experience again.

We finally made it to Pere Lachaise. We entered up the steps, not quite knowing what to expect. I think the kids both thought I was crazy for taking them to a cemetary. But once we started exploring, they really got into it. In fact, it turned out to be DD's favorite thing we did on the trip.

It was a very hot day, so we tried to stay in the shady areas as much as possible. The cobblestone streets were difficult to walk on. But there was a lot of serenity there. The nearly ancient crypts, covered in moss, were so intriguing. Some had beautiful stained glass or ornate ironwork, some had expertly carved statues.

I kept my eyes open for "famous" inhabitants. We saw Colette's resting place, Baron Haussmann's family crypt, and I think a few others. We never did find Jim Morrison, though.

After that, we were exhausted from all the walking, so we headed home.

The kids played happily for quite a long time with the Legos later after we got back to the apartment. The owner's husband came and fixed the water problem. It was, uh, good to have a functioning toilet again.
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