Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pere Lachaise and Hungry Trees

These photos were sent from France. They were taken at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Napoleon established the cemetery in 1804, and at the time, it was also in the suburbs. In fact, it was considered to be too far away from the city, so in an effort to get business rolling, cemetery administrators organized transfers of LaFontaine's and Moliere's remains to Pere Lachaise. Later, in 1817, remains of Abelard and Heloise were transferred to the cemetery (the authenticity of the remains has been disputed). These publicity stunts did the trick. In a few years, the number of permanent residents increased from under 100 to about 33,000. Today there are over 300,000 permanent residents.

Here's a monument...

and, of course, a tree! This one has grown into the fence. Although I haven't seen that yet in Green-Wood, I did stumble across this:
(looks like a sycamore) and a few other stone-eating trees.

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