Cimetière du Père-Lachaise – Part 1

On a recent visit to Paris I found myself at the entrance to the Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is one of the largest cemeteries in the City of Paris and it is a popular tourist destination.

One of the site’s primary attractions is the large number of grave sites of famous musicians from the past 200 years or more. One of the more contemporary sites is the grave of Jim Morrison. I was a Doors fan in the 1960’s and I wanted to acknowledge “The Lizard King.”

I had heard that Jim Morrison’s grave site was difficult to find, but that was not the case. There was a tour group at the site when I was there, and there was a metal barricade that had been installed to prevent visitors from getting too close. Apparently, there was originally no marker on the grave, until the existing gravestone was placed there by Jim’s father in the 1990’s.

I also visited the grave site of Edith Piaf, a famous French chanteuse. Her family’s grave site was also a popular attraction – another generation, a different fan base.

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visitors at Jim Morrison’s grave site
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James Douglas Morrison 1943-1971
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Pere Lachaise Cemetery
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the Gassion-Piaf family grave site

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