Whilst taking a stroll in the French capital,the Editor stumbles upon the resting ground of some of France's best artists.Apart from its weathered beauty,蒙马特的《西米埃》是一个很好的反思之地…

Cemeteries and tourism don't go together quite like hand and glove,but in Paris there are some well worth visiting… not least the expansive Pere Lachaise cemetery (as recommended inour Hipster's betway88官网Guide to Paris),famous as the final resting place of Frederic Chopin,Edith Piaf and Jim Morrisson.我没走那么远,but wandering down from the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur towards the Champs de Elysees one秋天的天I did find myself crossing over a graffiti-ridden iron bridge which literally grazed the tops of the tombstones of,what I discovered to be,,le Cimetière de Montmartre.很自然,像我这样好奇的旅游博客作者忍不住要看一眼。

A careful look at the sign near the entrance revealed that a whole host of cultural luminaries were buried here,in what I later learned has been dubbed"the cemetery of artists",including Edgar Degas,Stendhal,Adolphe Sax (inventer of the saxophone),,斯洛伐支奇(我在波兰之后熟悉的名字)和科学家福柯和安培。然而,有两个名字脱颖而出。That ofFrancois Truffaut,传奇的法国新浪电影导演(我经常假装是他在派对上工作的鉴赏家)和,drum roll please,no less than Alexander Dumas… pretty much my favourite author of all time.One teeny tiny word checked my excitement: ‘Fils',which according to my GSCE level French means ‘son'.Still they wouldn't bother mentioning the son of Alexander Dumas as buried here would they???It turns out they would,and thatAlexander Dumas Juniorwas a recognised author in his own right.A bit of fact checking later and I discovered that Alexander Dumas ‘Pere' is interred at the Pantheon… no less than he deserves.

Despite only being able to pay homage to the lesser of the Dumas family,名人墓穴观测结果很有趣,and also gave me the chance to cast my eye over a fair swathe of this vast 11 hectare complex.Of course it was the rich,and not the famous,who were afforded the best mausoleums and many a wealthy,but now forgotten,aristocrat can at least rest in peace underneath their spacious and ostentatious sepulchres,enriched by stained glass and sculptures,and guarded by statuettes of angels and demons (or in one case owls,as with one of my favourite tombs that had shades of Dr.Who's Tardis about it).Amongst the manifold mausoleums erected for the good and the great,were many more humble and unassuming gravestones,many mildewed and overgrown with roots and leaves.It was these everyday resting places that brought home the stark facts of life/death… in a blink of an eye we too will be under the ground,最有可能被遗忘,so we best make the most of it while we can.

邓肯罗德travelled to Paris to celebrate the opening ofSt.Christopher's spanking new Gare du Nord hostel.你可以读到派对的消息,along with what else he did in Paris inhis editorial update.In the meantime,if you're making your way over tothe City of Lightdon't forget to check the rates of the dorms (with the latest pod beds) and private rooms (with ensuite facilities) of both St.克里斯托弗在巴黎的中心和经济睡眠场所。

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