The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part I
You are now standing at the Gambetta entrance to the Père Lachaise cemetery, with the road behind you. My name is Joe Start, expat resident around Paris for more than a dozen years. I'm the author of French License, a travel memoir, and The Chairfather, a humorous companion photo book to these tours.
Before we get going, notice the style of the masonwork on the carved stones on either side. We'll see another work from the same artist on our walk at the dragon's tomb.
On the other side of the wall, you see a little brown guard shack on the right corner. A little bit past this on the same side of the avenue is a drinking fountain. You may want to pause the tour and fill up before setting out.
While we have fun, please remain respectful to our hosts by not stepping on graves, in-between is OK, and if you see a group of mourners, pass quietly.
As I say "Avenue So-n-so" or "Chemin This-n-that" don't pay too much attention to the names. Most of the time, there is no sign. Adhere to the directions right or left, climbing or descending, and you’ll continue on the correct path.
[2 SECOND PAUSE]
If you're ready, let's get going. Enter the cemetery and turn left onto the Avenue Circulaire, the wide cobblestone path parallel to the wall.
While we walk, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
There are many wonders which may catch your eye, and I won't have time to mention all of them. Allow yourself the liberty to let your eyes wander and your feet stop and continue at your own pace.