Who knew a cemetery could be so fantastic! Pere Lachaise, at over 100 acres, is the largest green space in Paris, and it is lovely. Filled with beautiful tombs and fascinating stories. We had an amazing guide from Britain who does walking tours of Paris, and what a difference he made! I am astonished by his mind – absolutely filled with knowledge to share. He toured us all around and we saw lots of famous graves, plus statues and stories galore.
After our romp around the graveyard, we found a little grocery, bought cheese, bread and chocolate, and went back to the cemetery to eat our lunch out of the wind, in the sun. I had brought my rice crackers along, and we had a lovely rest. Then, on to the Musee d’Orsay.
After a brief recoup at the hotel, we hit the town at night. The students all wanted to shop, and the rest of us just wanted to people watch. I think this was the coldest night we’ve had yet. One block away from Chanel (which is the only fashion house I wanted to see here, where it all started! I really wanted a picture of that store front), the kids pooped out, and would go no farther. Alas, I didn’t get to Mecca, but I did just find out that there is an YSL retrospective in town, which I will try to get to tomorrow. It was too cold for many photos this evening, but here’s a taste, then off to bed for me.
Must get up early to beat the crowds to Versailles! I’ll say hello to Marie Antoinette for you……