All Saint’s Day seemed like an appropriate day to pay a visit to the Père Lachaise Cemetery. The Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and the final resting place of some of it’s most famous citizens including Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Molière, Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin, and Héloïse and Peter Abélard. Napoleon opened the Père Lachaise Cemetery in 1804 after the last city cemetery was closed in 1786 when they were deemed likely to spread disease. At that time all the bodies in the city were transferred to the Paris Catacombs, just to the South of the City.
When you’ve spent some time in a foreign country essentially by yourself where your native language isn’t spoken, you suddenly become very eager to find people who speak English and come from a common background. The second you hear English, your head swivels and before you know it you’re introducing yourself to perfect strangers. Both couples were as eager as I to trade stories. Sometimes there’s nothing like a little piece of home, even if it’s just for an hour, no matter how much fun you’re having.
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