Yesterday was the Jewish calendar anniversary of our good friend Elli’s death. Her ashes are scattered on the gardens of Pere Lachaise so we decided it was a fitting place for us to remember her. We walked along the cobblestone lanes, climbed rough steps to the hills, and stopped at the gardens to remember the wonderful times we shared with Elli and JP, her smile, her sense of humor, and her incredible strength of character.
We framed our perambulations by seeking as many artists’ memorials as possible. This took us all over the cemetery. There were a couple we failed to find, but it was a lovely way to guide our way through magnificent place.
In the evening Jean cooked a delicious meal of her chipotle raspberry chicken breast and yam hash and we shared a quiet dinner with JP. A great end to a lovely day.
Beautiful cemetery. We were there years ago. Lovely photos, Paul and Jean. The chipotle raspberry chicken breast and yam hash that followed sounds delicious!
This is a pretty interesting cemetery. You still missed a few painters. Do you know that when it was built at the initiative of the Baron Haussman under the 2nd Empire, its land came from two towns who found themselves annexed to Paris: half comes from the town of La Chapelle, and the other half comes from the town of Charonne. The cemetery is still active but has now long been filled, so there is no hope for newcomers to reside for eternity here; in order to be buried here, one has to wait for a concession to expire and even so I am sure that one needs a considerable amount of social connections. There rue de Charonne where Elli and I lived went from Paris to the town of Charonne. The towns were annexed in 1859.