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Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris – Jim Morrison

Visiting Paris’s largest cemeteries on a romantic Parisian break may seem slightly morbid to most people, but as a Doors fan in my younger years, I jumped at the chance to pay my respects to the legend himself Jim Morrison.

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Pere Lachaise was established in 1804 and covers a massive 44 hectares. Alongside it’s spectacularly Gothic crypts, Haussmanian burial chambers and ancient mausoleums also lies the resting place of Oscar Wilde, Chopin and the eccentric and incredible, Edith Piaf. The cemetery itself is still up and running today.

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I have to admit I was concerned about how respectful it really is to be taking photos in a cemetery, but as this is one of the most visited cemeteries in the world I had no concerns as the place was quiet literally flooded with tourists.

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There are multiple entrances but we got off the underground at Pere Lachaise and then it was just across the road. There are multiple entrances with maps of the main historical points of interest.

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The cemetery is literally like a maze and it took us a long, confusing walk before we found Jim Morrisons grave. Unfortunately, due to past vandalism and fans removing the iconic bust on top of his grave, it is now completely surrounded by metal railings.

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The grave itself is nestled behind others and it was nice to see so many other people there with flowers still paying their respects nearly 45 years after his death. A rather poignant piece was a copy of his red and white beads draped across the top.

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I found the whole experience serenely beautiful, and would definitely recommend it. The architecture is incredible and in all honesty, I felt it was strangely comforting that this place is not forgotten about with the bustle of tourists and locals bringing life to the place.

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I left feeling a lot more comfortable than when I first arrived and passed by another pair of Jim Morrison fans in their 40s carrying white roses on my way out. It seems Jim STILL has a hypnotic hold on people after all these years : )

 

 

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The Most Beautiful Cafe in Paris – Au Vieux

It has to be known as the most beautiful cafe in Paris, with multiple photos cropping up on Instagram and Pinterest. But it wasn’t until my Eurostar trip to Paris last weekend that I realised this floral, picture postcard cafe was only a 15 minute walk away, just nestled behind Notre Dame!

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Obviously jumping at the chance to see it in person, we booked a quick lunch to test out the local cuisine, and it didn’t disappoint.

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The restaurant/cafe was built in 1512 and used to be home to the head priest of Notre Dame. You can still see church relics on the wall, oddly nestled next to images of Parisian topless showgirls!

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The printed menu reminded me slightly of some of the other nearby cafes which are complete tourist traps with extortionate prices for mediocre food, but this was nothing of the sort. It was in fact one of the best meals I have had in Paris! We picked the smoked Salmon which was perfectly cooked in a cream and butter sauce, delicious! 14444737 10154092961094671 6424598391923391916 O

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Even though the cafe is well hidden down a lane just of the one of the main Islands boulevards, I’d suggest booking early for the best photo opportunities.

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You can contact the restaurant and book on this number, and don’t worry if your French is under par like mine, they speak English : )

Contact – +33 1 40 51 78 52 – 24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004 Paris, France

 

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Paris Bucket List My top 5! – Kong, Laduree

Although the Eiffel Tower is the heart of Paris, Ive been lucky enough to visit a few times and discovered new experiences so here is my top 5 bucketlist for Paris!

Arc Du Triomphe

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Arc Du Triomphe

Built roughly in 1810,the Arc is situated at the centre of Place Charles De Gaulle.
The monument was built in honour of those who fought in particular, in the Napoleonic wars. Its well worth the 284 step climb to take in the spectacular bustle of the Parisian streets below and of course… the Eiffel Tower. Entry is roughly 10 Euros.

Kong Restaurant ( Sex & the city )

Kong Restaurant - Paris
Kong – Paris

Sitting at the same table as Carrie Bradshaw? Yes please!
Im a huge Sex and the city fan and seeing as I will not be making the New York tour anytime soon, this was the next best thing! Kong is situated on the 5th floor of the Haussmann building, this designer restaurant has lingering views of the Siene, and is a fusion of Japanese and Parisian culinary delights. The sweet king crab and avocado salad was delicious. As you can already tell, not for one on a budget so more of a special treat, birthday in my case!

Pont Des Arts Bridge

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Pont des Arts love lock bridge

Tying a love lock and throwing the key into the river Siene in the hope of a true and lasting love has captured the imaginations of millions of visitors to Paris. It is the city of love after all…
As of June this year, the council are planning to remove the locks from the Pont Des Arts Bridge after concerns that the railings have started to collapse due to the weight of them all! 1 million padlocks weighing 45 tonnes to be precise! Not to worry, I give it a week before they start cropping up again.

Notre Dame

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Notre Dame – Paris

Our Lady of Paris‘ is on Ile de la Cite surrounded by street artists, cheese and wine caverns and your typical tourist shops selling small Eiffel towers. Beautiful views of the adjoining bridges but better known for Notre Dame. Intricate gothic architecture had me rooted to the spot for at least a rare 5 minutes and this was just the arch over the doorway! Definitely recommend a wander around the island and to avoid the chain restaurants to hint down a small bistro instead.

Laduree

Laduree - Paris Macaroons
Laduree – Paris Macaroons

Built in 1871 thanks to the Laduree family,this was a new way at the time for women to go out socially and acquaint with men in an approved elegant setting.
I have never been a what you could call a fan of macaroons until I dined here.
The hot chocolate was exquisite and I could still taste its rich flavour hours later!