After I visited the Luxembourg Gardens yesterday I figured I’d just keep on walking and head to the Montparnasse Cemetery. There’s something I find calming about cemeteries. Kinda weird, I know, but I just like them. The New Orleans cemeteries are similar with their tombs above ground and statues, but Montparnasse was much bigger and held a few famous names.
The grave of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were easy to spot to the right of the entrance. I learned about them in a history class a few years ago; I thought it was very romantic that they are in the same grave, not two separate ones. People leave kisses in lipstick on the grave, I suppose as a tribute. As I walked on through the cemetery I found the grave of Marguerite Duras, a French writer and film director who was famous for a movie called “The Lover.” I had never heard of her before, but her grave caught my eye because of all the pens and pencils left in memoriam.
My next cemetery to visit will be Pere Lachaise, where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried, among many others. I’m so exhausted from shooting today with my team, so I hate to leave this post with less writing but I promise to update more as I can. Tomorrow my group and I are going to a town in the south of France called Aurillac, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to update as I travel there. If not, au revoir until next time!