Tuesday, April 16, 2013

jim morrison's grave

The high point of my trip to Paris was Père Lachaise Cemetery.  Père Lachaise is like stumbling upon a forgotten corner of an old estate and stepping into some sort of beautifully morbid fairyland.

I'll do a full post with photos, but I need a chance to get settled, so for now, I'll just post this one photo of me at Jim Morrison's grave...


A visit to Morrison's grave has been on my wish list since 1991, when I first saw The Doors movie and fell in love with Ray Manzarek's organ music, Jim Morrison's American Prayer, and the closing shots of the Cemetery.  Back then, it seemed improbable that I'd ever make it to Père Lachaise, but here I am!

Unfortunately, the bust was stolen in 1988, the original stone has been replaced, and they keep cleaning up the graffiti, which I think dilutes the experience, though I can see why the families of the surrounding graves would be opposed to the mess ;-)

Rebellious girl that I am, I managed to jump the fence in those heels and that itty bitty skirt, sit on Jim's grave, get photos of it, and jump back over without getting caught.  It was definitely one of the top 10 experiences of my life!

More Paris to come.

7 comments:

  1. Pere Lachaise!! I'm seriously envious. I went to Paris 9 years ago but missed Pere Lachaise.

    So, of course, I have to go back to Paris.

    Great photo of you and Jim:). Looking forward to more photos of Paris.

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  2. I applaud your moxie! What a great picture. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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  3. Hi Sage,

    I was the one that took the picture of the bust you linked to. I was in the military at the time and went to Paris with some buddies on leave. It was so cold and windy that morning, 1986 or 1987. I was so hung over but I had to have the shot.

    To bad the bust is gone.

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  4. Thanks, Amy!

    Ruth, You must go back and see that cemetary! Even if it weren't for my encounter with Jim, it still would've been an amazing day, I've never seen anything like it. It was my best day in Paris!

    Thanks, Jennifer :)

    Mark, Thank you for posting, I like knowing the story behind the photo, it's a great shot! It really is a shame about the bust. The current stone is so boring, but his spirit is still intact, and probably always will be :)

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  5. Hello, came over via Bluebird Baby. Pere LaChaise was one of my favorite places in Paris and I must have a picture of the bust somewhere. What an adventure you are on, happy travels!

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  6. Awesome photo, hope to get there someday!

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