Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cimitière Père-Lachaise


Today's photo of the lovely Cimitière Père-Lachaise is dedicated to my Cincinnati ami Phil Nuxhall. Phil is the curator of the beautiful and well known Spring Grove Cemetery there, and he's written a new book- Beauty In the Grove: Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. Unfortunately we didn't have Phil along on the day we visited Père Lachaise , but we had the next best thing, Mary Gilbert! Mary's a docent at Spring Grove and is quite the authority on Parisian cemeteries as well. She gave us a wonderful tour. Merci mon amie!

19 comments:

Jilly said...

Everytime I see your shots of this cemetery I sigh. Just look at those cobbles for starters...sigh. Lovely shot that really draws the eye onwards and upwards.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» heard people are just dying to get in there!

Virginia said...

Jilly, the fact that I didn't turn my ankle on those cobbles and end up on crutches or "sticks" as our Stuart callse them, is a minor miracle. They were not only treacherous, but wet as well!

Mister Earl said...

Nice shot, Virg. I wonder if your friend Phil is related to Joe Nuxhall, a Cincinnati Reds pitcher, who is still the youngest person ever to play in the major leagues in the modern era.

James said...

Old cemeteries are excellet places to take pictures. This is one of the best. The winding path and black and white make a great photo.

Pat Tillett said...

some photos are made for B&W. This is one of them...great shot!

Lucka said...

Beutiful shot espetially in thosen black and white colours.

Shell Sherree said...

Here's another of those timeless photos of yours, Virginia ~ beautiful in B&W.

Anil P said...

There's such a desolate candour to the path that leads up, it's difficult not to be moved by it, lending stark beauty to the mood.

Harriet said...

The curvy cobblestone pathway is super. The b&w was a good choice on this one.

Virginia said...

Mr. E,
Yes, that's Phil's father!

Mary said...

Awwwwwwwww - you're the best Virg, we've got a real "admiration society" going on here on your blog. You do such an amazing job with composition - I adore the Greek Temple in the background, high on a hill. Phil and I can't wait for you to come back to Cincinnati for a private tour! The famous Spring Grove dogwoods will be in bloom in a couple of weeks...y'all come!

Daryl said...

B/W suits it perfectly .. captures the calm and ancient quality of the mausoleums

Starman said...

Been there a few times. Robb actually attended a funeral there.

Martina Cardemyr said...

I like your blog a lot. Reminds me of my visit in Paris. Wonderful photos! //Martina from Sweden

Owen said...

Ah those winding paths, one could wander in there for hours !

Katie said...

Beautiful photo V. This is such a delightful place to walk around (if you don't dwell too much on the fact that it's a cemetery).

Anonymous said...

Virginia - love these.
If you are ever over here our way in Atlanta, visit our cemetery that was patterned after the "rural garden" cemetery movement following Paris' PL.
Or just go to their website
www.oaklandcemetery.com

-Stephanie

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful!!!