Half a day in Paris

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

     Woke up and had breakfast in the courtyard of Friends Hostel.  We decided to head out to find the Cimetière Père Lachaise.  This is an old, old cemetery where many statesman, celebrities and generally famous people are buried.  We arrived and bought a map of the cemetery from the magazine stand across the street for 2.50 Euro.  We we walked in there was a board listing all the famous people buried there.  Honestly, I only knew a handful including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison of the Doors.  Most others were European architects, poets, etc.  We strolled around and eventually found Jim Morrison's tomb.  Apparently this is a newer tomb since fans used to chip off a piece as a souvenir from the old tomb.  Today, there are gates and ribbons around the tomb as well as a couple of hippies that stand guard over the tomb.  Walking through the cemetery was pretty interesting.  The tombs were mostly mausoleums in all different styles... Gothic, renaissance, even Greek revival.  Oscar Wilde's tomb was very Art Deco.  It was interesting that the writers tomb is covered with a unique type of graffiti.  Girls visiting the cemetery will put on lip-gloss or lipstick and leave the mark of their kiss somewhere on the tomb. 

Soon we were on our way to see more sights.  We hopped on a train that lead us to the Pantheon and the Palais du Luxembourg.
We went to the market to get a few things since we would be traveling on an overnight train this evening to Madrid.  At the market we bought a mixed salad, a few cans of pate (while in France...), mini toasts and  Cidre (apple cider).  total; 8.10 Euro.  The supermarket chain 'Champion' is surprisingly cheaper than expected.  We used the price of water as our benchmark throughout the world and were surprised that Paris had the cheapest at 18 centissimo for 1.5 Liters. 
   too bad it was too dark to see the countryside.  But, that is the trade off.  If we traveled in the daytime we would be paying for a train ticket, wasting a day, and then paying for a hotel.  On the overnight we only pay for the train.

Tips;
     Partial list of tombs at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Lachaise

     Some Basic French...
      
http://french.about.com/library/begin/bl_basic.htm
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