On Sunday, we woke up to a rare sight—the sun. It was beautiful all day as we traipsed from the Pantheon to the Montparnasse Cemetery to the Luxembourg Gardens and then back to the Pantheon, which had been closed the first time due to a celebration honoring Jean Moulin, a hero of the resistance.
Given the situation with the Pantheon, our first stop was the cemetery at Montparnasse. Cemeteries have long been on the tourist circuit in France. Twain talks about visiting Pere Lachais in Innocents Abroad. Our primary reason for visiting is to go to the graves of Alfred Dreyfus and Simone du Beauvoir, both of whom play central roles in the course. It turns out that du Beauvoir was born on one side of the cemetery and bought an apartment on the other side. She lived most of her life within a 10 block radius of where is she buried.
|The idea for the course was hatched here|
|In front of the Pantheon|