As I read the articles on Spotted by Locals, I get the feeling that there are a number of us who love Parisian cemeteries. I would like to add one in particular that I love. It is the Saint-Vincent cemetery, perhaps the most charming of all!
Hidden on the northern slope of the Montmartre hill, it is protected by the buildings around it and it seems that this location is very appealing to the many Mediterranean trees that are there. Indeed, while strolling in the sloping alleys, you can admire olive trees, almond trees, pomegranate trees and about thirty other varieties which make it a unique place in Paris. I have even tasted a fig there. The discovery of the place is therefore conducive to a little botanical stroll as well as a dive into the past of Montmartre. Of course, the Montmartre cemetery welcomes more personalities but you can find here, in all intimacy, the tombs of the painter Maurice Utrillo, of the writer Marcel Aymé, author of Passe-muraille, of the famous poster artists Jules Chéret and Théophile Steinlen, but also, for the lovers of cinema like me, those of the director Marcel Carné and Gaston Méliès, brother of the great pioneer of fiction in cinema.
If you ask him, fellow Spotter Fred Moussaïan could also tell you about this young woman, who was Benjamin Guggenheim’s mistress and a survivor of the Titanic 😉