A handful of hauntingly beautiful cemeteries call Paris home. And while I encourage everyone to contemplate mortality here, I may hold my breath if you’re thinking of tackling the underworld with a stroller.
Or you may end up six feet under yourself.
Père LaChaise cemetery is beautiful, but…
Here are 5 reasons to think twice about making a trip to Père LaChaise with a stroller in tow:
For red flag number one, practically every place is only accessible at one point or another by stairs, massive steps, or a straight up climb. This means you should make sure to bring someone athletic with you to assist in lugging your child around over Hell and high water and back. If that plan fails, bring someone who won’t judge- you will end up leaving the kid and stroller in the middle of the cemetery’s avenue while you tromp through the headstones looking for the famous people. (Jim Morrison is buried here!)
2. Slick stairs
Alright, so you’re buff enough to tackle the endless stairs. Just know that they are slick! My friend found that out the hard way. She survived. Her clothes did not.
3. Steep uphill roads
Would you take a stroller to Mount Everest? Up a nice walk on the side of a volcano? Vertically up the Empire State Building? So would I. Apparently. There’s a reason the Père Lachaise Cemetery offers a fantastic view of Paris.
4. All the good stuff is back behind other creepy stuff
Like I mentioned in point 1, there are tons of historic things to see in Père Lachaise, but they are literally off the beaten path. Be prepared to wander between tombstones with walkways only wide enough for you to place one foot in front of the other. Do they make baby carriages that skinny?
5. It’s silent… Except for your noisy self clattering around
The cemetery is dead quiet, save for the wings of a bird and the wind with the memory of the city in the background….
CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK CLATTER CLATTER CLATTER CLACK CLACK CLACK
That was your obnoxious foreigner self. Pushing a stroller over 200 year old cobblestones.
Notice I didn’t say don’t do the Paris cemetery without a baby. Just do it smart- ditch the stroller.
For example, check out this couple I stalked:
Very smart. And look where they’re headed.
So don’t be ridiculous.
Set yourself free.
Have you been to any of Paris’s cemeteries? Do you find them as fascinating as I do? I get my love for them from my mom. (Hi Mom!)