Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Unusual Paris: Montparnasse cemetery

You may think we have a sort of taste for the macabre, but after visiting the Montmartre cemetery we decided to repeat the experience and explore another monumental cemetery of Paris, the Montparnasse one.

To be honest with you, we actually ended up there quite in a random way, after trying to get into the Catacombes de Paris and giving up due to a massive, incredibly long queue (eventually we would then end up leaving Paris without ever visiting the catacombes despite several attempts).
Montparnasse area was not far away and we thought about having a walk around to explore the neighborood but then, reading the guide we got tempted by this ancient cemetery!

And if Montmartre cemetery had a Gothic fascinating atmosphere, Montparnasse is surely not less charming with its sculptures and bizarre decorations, illustrious tombs and large airy spaces filled with trees and flowers.

Montparnasse cemetery

Montparnasse cemetery

Montparnasse cemetery

Montparnasse cemetery

Montparnasse cemetery
Samuel Beckett's tomb in Montparnasse cemetery

Serge Gainsbourg's tomb in Montparnasse cemetery

Philippe Noiret's tomb in Montparnasse cemetery

Julio Cortazar's tomb in Montparnasse cemetery

Jean Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir tomb in Montparnasse cemetery

To all of these people that has filled our world with their art we wish to rest in peace in this beautiful little corner of Paris.


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Once upon a time there was a french man. His name was Claude Baudard de Saint James and he was treasurer of the French Navy. One day he bought an estate close to the Bagatelle and commissioned a landscape architect (François Joseph Bélanger, the same who had created the Chateau de Bagatelle) to develop the project for a garden, something that had to be surprising, original and full of character.

Today not much of the ancient splendor is left and the garden and its buildings are a bit run down but the place still retains an intriguing charm especially considering its location, in this bourgeois area of the Ile de France surrounded by modern buildings and with view over the Defense skyscrapers.

La Defense -Paris

We bumped into this little gem while walking from Levallois Perret (our home during our first 6 months in France) and Bois Boulogne, the biggest park in Paris.

And we decided to make a stop to enjoy a bit of calm and its eccentric beauty.

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Parc de la Folie Saint-James

Parc de la Folie Saint-James