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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Edith Piaf...The Little Sparrow...






On my last trip to Paris one of my sisters and I
spent a whole day mozzying around the cobblestoned paths
of Pere Lachaise Cimitiere - the most visited cemetery in the world.
Final resting place to many historic luminaires
among them being Edith Piaf or as she was commonly known
"The Little Sparrow"

Nothing is more Parisian than to hear the beautiful low husky voice
of this legendary and much loved French chanteuse.
She lived a tragic life but in the end had this to say
~  Non! Je ne regrette rien  ~ 




Oh!  those steps  .... all day up and down
 not for the faint hearted




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32 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Edith Piaf is a legend in my country too. There is a musical going on about her life and one of our singers, or should I say chanteuses, is doing a great job by her performance as the Little Sparrow.

Thanks for your congratulations on the birth of my new grandchild!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like the name and like wandering around tombstones.

The Nature Jotter said...

Very tragic and mysterious!

Reena Walkling said...

I wasn't aware ... definitely have to put it on the list of places to visit.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

J'adore this post Dianne. Aimee and I so enjoyed strolling around here,it was so very, very interesting to see all the famous and not so famous names. Such beautiful images.

LadyFi said...

A great gift she was to us... but tragic.

Lovely shots.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Edif Piaf, the little Sparrow did have such a beautiful voice and I still enjoy hearing her songs. But she did live such a tragic life, thanks for sharing.
We did the same thing walking around the Montmate Cimitere, which was really interesting.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

biebkriebels said...

Yes I visited this grave quite a while ago. It is difficult to find all the famous people there but I did some I remember. I like her music, have listened very often to her records.

Sylvia K said...

She did indeed have a tragic life, but how talented she was!! This looks like a fascinating place to spend a day. Thanks for sharing this, Dianne, it is wonderful! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

NixBlog said...

Yes, its a wonderful cemetery to visit, Dianne. We spent the best part of a day traipsing around about there (and up and down!).
Great post! Love Edith Piaf!

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you very much for the nice memories of Paris; and the great music.

Please have a good Tuesday.

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you very much for the nice memories of Paris; and the great music.

Please have a good Tuesday.

Jack said...

I really have to go here next time I go to Paris. Your photo is superb, Dianne.

Andrew said...

The cemetery looks very well maintained and a fitting place for Piaf to rest.

Ann said...

I love Piaf's music. If I ever get back to Paris I must get to that cemetery, your and Julie's shots of it have whetted my appetite.

Nadege, said...

She was my mother's favorite singer. I remember growing up listening to her records.
Lovely shots.

Stephanie said...

Another city I would like to visit.

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember Edith Piaf. The word "sparrow" hardly does her voice justice.
It's wonderful to see so many new flowers on her grave.
K

Peter said...

Another amazing singer, I think that the real Strawberry Field was the name of a Salvation Army Children's Home just around the corner from Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool.

Julie said...

I have touched Piaf's headstone on two separate occasions now, and will again, I hope. Her still-born child is buried with her, if I recall correctly. There are usually dark red roses scattered across the granite. To aid photographers, I suppose.

I do adore PLC, but it is not for the faint-of-heart, I agree. Even with a full day allocated, I did but scratch the surface. Next visit, I want to pay homage to the Commune dead at their special wall. Did you see the memorial structure for Heloise and Abelard? Very romantic, Dianne. You would love it ...

Thank you for this contribution to Taphophile Tragics. Brings back wonderful memories.

Rae Walter said...

Such a wonderful singer. Beautiful post Dianne.

diane b said...

Wow, the most visited cemetery in the world. I must say that I didn't get to it on my visits to Paris. I loved Edith Piaf's singing too.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I think that I must have most of Edith Piaf's songs! Always loved her voice - and still do! (When I was at Uni, I used to endeavour to sing in her style - in French! Not easy to bring out a gravelly voice and make it sound sweet!) How I would love to visit this cemetery and see her resting place there!

Mark said...

PLC is such a fascinating place, my favourite moment was climbing through an overgrown path and finding the grave of one of Robespierre's lovers and fresh flowers placed on the headstone.
Haven't visited Piaf's grave, next time.

Herding Cats said...

Such a beautiful place. I would love to visit it one day.

Karin M. said...

Yes, Edith Piaf was a great artist, her voice was unique, she is a legend... Non! Je ne regrette rien ...
Greetings Karin

Shydub said...

The most clean cemetery i have seen so far

New York City

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting, I'm a big fan of her wonderful voice!
Léia

JM said...

I think it's the first time I see Piaf's tomb. Wonderful post!

tapirgal said...

I read a lot about this cemetery in a guidebook once and pictured it (despite the luminaries) as a small grass-covered New England cemetery with obscure markers. Thanks for this enlightening post! (And Piaf!)

hamilton said...

I'd like to think she is aware that she is now much loved.

Doru said...

Interesting ideea ...

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