The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part I
Keep going straight.
Admire the ornate tombs on your right as I tell you about this place. Père Lachaise translates to 'The Chairfather' in English. I've titled these tours with that silly name to set the tone for our walk. This will not be a dour history lesson, nor a sad reminiscence. We're gonna have a good time!
We're going to spend some time among people with 'savoir vivre' - they knew how to live! The place they chose to live was Paris. To remain at Père Lachaise, the departed must've lived in Paris, or been French. Paris has long been a beacon to people wishing to live more freely. Foreigners felt at ease, people of color more accepted, and alternative lifestyles could be explored discreetly with less persecution. Now, Paris has adopted these souls, permanently. All religions, nationalities, political persuasions and sexual orientations are found here side-by-side. Of the 17-odd personalities we'll meet in Tour 1, 14 are children of immigrants or were themselves new to the country, 6 are women, 6 are from the LGB community, 4 are Jewish and one is black.
Some of our hosts were connected in surprising ways in life. This first tour explores political intrigue, forbidden love, and sex.