Spending an extended period of time in Paris gives us the chance to find pockets of peace and calm to retreat to in this big city, away from the crowds of tourists often present near famous sights. We found some of the less touristy parks, namely Parc de Belleville and Parc des Buttes Chaumont to be charming, serene and perfect to sit in and eat a packed sandwich, people watch or just reflect. Parc des Buttes Chaumont seemed to be the locals’ favourite, and there is also a puppet theater held twice a week for families to enjoy. What a brilliant idea!
The Père Lachaise cemetery may not sound like an ideal place to relax but despite being the most famous (and expensive) cemetery in Paris, it’s dead quiet and easy to get lost in. Big names like Chopin, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde have been laid to rest in this plot of land. Our French language teacher in Sydney first introduced us to Edith Piaf’s songs and recommended we visit her grave, which is why I listed it on our Paris Bucket List. I’m glad we did because this cemetery is worth visiting. Tombstones that resemble church altars and museums? Where else but in Paris! Even the dead are housed like the living.
And the beautiful Seine. Nothing beats staring out into la Seine and feeling the noise of traffic get slowly drowned out..