A cemetery is an odd place to start.
But on Day 2 of my adventures in Paris, I went to Père-Lachaise Cemetery to find the amazing and wonderful author extraordinaire, Oscar Wilde.
Why do I love Oscar Wilde? First, he was a great writer. Second, he loved saying sensational things. Humble wasn’t his game. Why be humble when you can be great? Par example…
“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
I couldn’t agree more. Plus…
…which means Oscar and I would have been friends, acquaintances and enemies.
And of course…
…which is especially true when faced with the many cheeses, desserts and breads of Paris.
He is also said to have something on his deathbed like, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go.” But sadly, Wikiquote corrected this and reports:
The following clarification was printed in the Guardian’s Corrections and clarifications column, Thursday October 18 2007. Oscar Wilde did not say, on his deathbed, “Either those curtains go or I do.” He is reported to have said something along the lines of “this wallpaper will be the death of me – one of us will have to go”, but not on his deathbed.
Regardless, he’s awesome and I had to find him in the colossus Père-Lachaise Cemetery.
Looking and walking….
This chick got too tired of walking and had to sit down…
This guy had a map so I asked him how to find Oscar…
He led me to the wrong famous person…
So I asked this chick where to find Oscar. She drew me a map.
On the way, I found this guy who asked me to put a flower on Oscar’s grave for him.
I thought I was nearly there when I saw a bunch of flowers at a grave, but it was only Jim Morrison.
So I kept walking.
Until at last I found the one, the only, Oscar Wilde.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves Wilde.
I’m also not the only one who likes to quote Wilde.
Now how the heck do I get out of here? I’m starting to get the willies.