Monday, February 11, 2008

Another Visit to Pere Lachaise Cemetery

My husband and I visited Pere Lachaise Cemetery yesterday with sunshine and beautiful blue skies. It was marvelous. It looks very different at this time of year with the barren trees than it did when I went last August (posted here and here).




The next three photos are details from the tomb of Etienne-Gaspard Roberts. My new camera with the 10x zoom lens is a blast to use.










These stones are piled at the base of the angel. Parts of her wings?

And now for something completely different:


More blue skies for today. I'm not sure I'm going to get any chores or sewing done. I need to go on another photo safari. Where to visit?

Oh, yesterday I did do a summary over on the Lazy Gal Winter Class, so you might want to check that out, especially if you signed up for the class and haven't finished your project yet. I'd love to know how you're doing.

14 comments:

Clare said...

Ratatouille won a BAFTA award yesterday, as did the French actress who plays Edith Piaf in Mome. She beat Kieran Knightly and Julie Christie. Woo hooo France!

Must get out there and take the camera for a walk. Weather is set fair for the rest of the week - cold but sunny!

Annemiek said...

Don't quilt but go and enjoy the weather!By the end of the week temp. is dropping again and it's still a long way 'till spring..
Love the pics, makes me want to hop in the car and drive to Paris..

Quilt Pixie said...

enjoy the sunshine while its there!

atet said...

I love your walks in the cemetary. Those skulls with the bats wings are making me smile (I know -- not everyone's cuppa -- but, oh, mine!). And the designs on some of the doors to the crypts?? Oooh --- I'm seeing quilt designs and maybe some applique (if I could do applique that is). Thanks so much for sharing!

Have fun in the sun and don't worry about what you get done -- get yourself feeling like getting something done first :0).

Gypsy Quilter said...

Love that red door. Great design ideas! Thanks for sharing.

jovaliquilts said...

Such great photos -- do you use a tripod with that zoom? Or do you have steady-as-a-rock hands?
Love the ratatouille car!

kimy said...

wonderful to see you pictures of pere lachaise with BLUE SKIES....one of my favorite places in paris. I think I've plugged it a bit on the mouse. did you kiss oscar's grave? (I didn't) but it's wild what people do there!!! great pics thanks.

ROZ said...

These tombs are so extravagant. Actually, I think it would have been better to spend the money on the living, such as health care or education, and make a more modest marker. But who am I to say? The artists who made these tombs have to eat too, I guess.

Dawn said...

I love the circular iron work! And how fun is that car!

andsewitis Holly said...

First thing that comes to mind is what wonderful nooks, crannies, holes, stones to hide a cache! hehe. Forget the quilting. Enjoy the sun.

Susan said...

That car is hilarious.

I love your cemetary pictures. I know some people find it weird, but I could spend hours in almost any cemetary, but especially old ones, where there is all kinds of artwork and sayings on the tombstones. In fact, I spent about an hour in a tiny one on top of a hill in Tennesee, just looking and wondering and reading. Thank you for the pictures, the artwork is phenomenal.

Sandy said...

I love all you pictures, but the last two are my favorites. I love seeing cars painted with these kinds of themes! AND the Smart Car....I think it's on its way to becoming a classic! I want one! :o)

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Do you have any idea how they got the color over the doorway on the Famille Gallois tomb? (the one with the urn and birds and leaves) Is it painted?

A person could do a whole series of art quilts based on monuments and decorations in this one cemetary! Do you have any idea how much I LOVE those skulls with the bat wings??!!! TOO COOL!!!

The grill works are gorgeous...

To heck with the Eiffel Tower. If I ever make it to Paris *I'm* going to the cemetary!

jmbmommy said...

Hey there...
You always take the pictures that I think I would take...I loved the heads with the wings coming out as well as the nouveau cutout work...and the Family Gallious...LOVE IT! I am enjoying your quilts too...that house one is very intriguing (SP?)Thanks!