Every December, we visit the extraordinary cimetières de Paris, which are as exquisite as any of the parks.
You see occasional tour guides, but we envision creating our own tours, where everyone is encouraged to contribute.
A cemetery presents a maze, and finding a plot can be a challenge in itself. There will be plenty of walking. Each participant selects a gravesite (in advance) then shares their interests and presents either a narrative, a poem, a reading, a story – it’s entirely flexible.
In Chicago, we created a Meet-Up group, initiating Tour de Cimetiere among the various cemeteries. We envision a great Sunday walk, maybe with a French beret or scarf, maybe flowers for the graves. We envision poems and performances, possibly even music and song.
A Zombie or Goth would not be turned away, but we will maintain an aire of respect.
(which is very different from taking anything too seriously)
This may be an opportunity for spirituality, but perhaps just an amble with a cup of coffee.
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Gravesite of Jim Morrison at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris