Thanks for the pic Google!
I had a croque madame, it was quite good :) I was hungry, so I did not take the time to snap a pic...
After lunch, I headed over to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the last thing on my Paris Bucket List (for this trip anyway!) It's on of the three major cemeteries in Paris, and is the resting place of some very famous people!
Front Gate of the Cemtery
Everyone is all nice and cozy in their funerary monuments!
Some of them are quite ornate...
Gothic Architecture on a mini scale!
I liked the style of this grave
Tomb of Oscar Wilde
People write messages to him on the glass...
I guess this lady really liked books....
If you can't live in a castle, why not be buried in one??
Another book lover grave
One of the paths was filled with memorials to those who died during the Nazi Occupation and in the Concentration Camps. I thought the statues really captured the sadness of that period in France's history. N'oubliez jamais!
Memorial for victims of Concentration Camps
Tomb of Edith Piaf
I think most people would not decide to spend their last day in Paris in a cemetery. I did not find it depressing though, it reminded me how fleeting life is, and I need to live each day to its fullest. In the movie Dead Poets Society, Mr. Keating encourages his students to Carpe Diem, seize the day! I feel that I have seized my semester here in Paris.
I am very sad to leave, but I am looking forward to returning to the good old United States of America. I met some amazing people on this program, and had some amazing experiences. I am so glad I decided to study abroad, and to come to Paris. I had a great last dinner with my host family, I will miss them. They were so welcoming and kind, and they made my semester that much better. My host mom even made crepes for dessert tonight because she knows how much I like them :).
Thank you all for reading my blog and following my adventures! I will write another post or two after I return to the US about "reverse culture shock". I am sure I will try to speak French to people when I get home.
And to conclude the post, a quote from Ernest Hemingway:
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast."
I think that applies to young women too!!