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  The Pere Lachaise cemetery (Part 2)  
Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (2)

Getting ready?
What I found most amazing in the whole cemetery is this couple's tomb already put in place even before their deaths. The woman and man's names and year of birth have been inscribed in advance on the tombstone. But then, why not?

Allan Kardec
An inscription above Kardec's bust quotes him: To born, to live, to die, to reborn and to keep progressing. That is the law. (Naître, mourir, renaître encore et progresser sans cesse, telle est la loi.) After I had taken this photo, a woman told me she was there to offer her thanks to Kardec, the founder of spiritism, for having answered her prayers from an earlier visit. Her five-year-old son, who was suffering from an eye problem, had since been cured.
Click here for a biography of Allan Kardec.

A very recent resident for the more than 200-year-old cemetery. The tombstone has not been laid yet but the plot has already been allotted.

Victor Noir
Victor Noir, a journalist, is so much hunted by women visitors to the cemetery even in his death that the protruding part in his groin has become shiny. Here's a BBC article explaining this and here's his biography.

Sarah Bernhardt
Click here for a biography of Sarah Bernhardt, said to be "the most famous actress in the history of the world".

Felix Faure
It's rare for a French president to be buried at Pere Lachaise. Here is one. The nature of his death also gave rise to much speculation.Click here for a biography of Felix Faure.

Colette, a French writer whose novel Gigi was turned into a successful Hollywood production starring Maurice Chevalier and Leslie Caron, led a life full of controversy. Click here for her biography.

Eloise and Abelard
Eloise and Abelard, the unlucky lovers, lying side by side after their death. Like Moliere and La Fontaine, Eloise and Abelard too were re-interred at the Pere Lachaise cemetery after it opened in 1804.
Click here for the story of their forbidden love.

Gilbert Becaud
Click here for a biography of Gilbert Becaud, author of numerous hits among them "What Now My Love" and "Let It Be Me".

Moliere, whose real name was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, wrote a number of successful plays rich in satirical comedy, among them The Misanthrope, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid and The Bourgeois Gentleman. Read all about his life here.

Jean de la Fontaine
Jean de la Fontaine's tomb is just alongside that of Moliere. We all grew up with La Fontaine, or rather with his fables, such as the crow and the fox, the city mouse and the country mouse, the hare and the turtle, or the worker ant and the singing grasshopper. A contemporary of Moliere, he too had his remains moved to the Pere Lachaise cemetery after it opened. Click here for his life story.

Alfred de Musset
Click here for a biography of Alfred de Musset, a French dramatist and poet of the 19th century.
Marie Trintignant
Click here for a report on Marie Trintignant's tragic death on August 1, 2003.

An article on "dark tourism" published in the Guardian Unlimited of October 26, 2005 has the following list of the world's five most popular graveyard destinations for tourists:
1) Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris
2) San Vicente Cemetery in Tupiza, Bolivia
3) The Merry Cemetery in Maramures, Romania
4) Okuno-in Cemetery in Mount Koya, Japan, and
5) Highgate Cemetery in North London

Part 3: Photos of the tombs of Camille Pissarro, Amedeo Modigliani, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Guillaume Apollinaire and Eugene Delacroix.