The Easy Way to Jim Morrison’s Grave in Paris (Directions with pictures)

I searched and I couldn’t find good directions to find Jim Morrison.’s grave in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France. So I thought I would make an easy to follow set of directions to the grave with pictures. They close at 5:30 or 6, so even though the sun sets around 10pm in the summer, do this early.

Come on, come on, come on and HIT me babe! (the original lyrics 🙂

 

Philippe AugusteFirst take the number 2 Metro to the Philippe Auguste stop.

 

 

 

 

Metro ExitWhen you get up to the street, cross the street to your right and follow it up the slight hill.

 

 

 

At this restaurant you want to turn right on Rue du Repos. If you see it from here you went to far :>

 

 

Go through the door on the left.

 

 

 

 

uphill

Turn right and go uphill on the road that curves to the left.

 

 

 

 

first right

Take your first right.

 

 

 

 

first left

Then your first left.

 

 

 

 

go straight

Go straight across the road between the graves and you will see his headstone to the left.

 

 

 

headstone

The fence is there now to keep vandals out.

 

 

 

 

map to morrison's graveI believe this is the fastest, easiest way to Morrison’s grave.

 

 

 

Please comment, like or share if this helped you. I saw people wandering all over that couldn’t find it and thought this might be of use to help people get to the 4th biggest attraction in Paris :>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October is NOT the best time to travel around Europe!

Travel in the rain

In October I left Paris still feeling ill, taking a high-speed train to catch up to the overnight train to Venice (Big Mistake)! When shown to my cabin and the conductor opened the door there were two people in the lower bunk I had reserved and the cabin was so full with luggage I couldn’t see how I could fit! I ended up paying an extra 50 Euros for a private cabin where the heat was on full blast (Not great while still sick).  If you want the adventure of an overnight train, I wouldn’t book in a 6 person cabin!

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At least the weather was good when I got to Venice. So I sat outside for coffee at the train station before taking the “bus” to the Hostel.

I liked the Generator Venice hostel, it was away from the main tourist attractions, had a bar/restaurant and good views. The neighborhood was good to walk around and explore. The weekend entertainment was also good with a live band! A Booking.com link to Generator Venice

The good weather didn’t last and on the day I left it was pouring so bad the “bus” back to the train station wasn’t running. I missed my train and had to book another because I didn’t know I couldn’t reschedule after it had left.

On to Rome and more rain. the hostel I had booked in Rome looked seedy and had strange rules that you had to vacate and leave your stuff for 5 hours each day.  Still sick and with the rain I got a decent deal as a walk in at a hotel nearby and not far from the train station.  Feeling a little better on the day before I was going to leave and the rain seemed to be letting up,  I decided to do one of the double decker bus tours.  Of course it started raining again 10 minutes after I got on.

Next was a great train ride along the coast to Nice.

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In Nice the weather was finally nice (I had to say it)! I stayed at another great hostel! The Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel is great with a lively bar and some rooms even have bathtubs! It’s a short walk to the beach, lots of restaurants and shops. A Booking.com link to Villa Saint Exupery Hostel

A note about public bathrooms in Europe: They charge in many public locations, so make sure you have some Euros!

After getting better again in Nice I found a cheap flight to Barcelona and back to the rain! I found another good Hostel in Barcelona. The Black Swan hostel has food every night and even has cooking lessons on some.  A Booking.com link to the Black Swan Hostel

BE WARNED! Barcelona is probably the worst place in Europe for pickpockets! I had my phone and fake wallet stolen the day before I left.

Finally into the sun

I got on board the Norwegian Epic for the 13 day cruise back to the states. The weather was great with stops in Tenerife and San Juan. I finally felt human again when we got to Orlando. One thing about cruising is that most stops are just for the day with enough time to do a shore excursion or tour before you get back on the ship. If you want to get to know a place find a way to go there and stay cheap … Teaching English as a foreign language is one way… more about that in a future post!

 

Traveling sick creates a vacuum of dreams and desires!

The first day I got to Paris was warm and sunny but I was Jet Lagged and crashed out till early the next morning (05:30 Paris time when Jimmy Fallon was on, so I tested out USTVnow.com and it works well even on my phone without wifi). It was another warm day and I had packed in a hurry including some clothes that needed to be washed.
So I set out to explore the neighborhood and do some laundry. I was shocked at the full camouflage and green beret wearing, fully armed individual walking up the street toward me, with his finger carefully pointed just outside the trigger guard. The Foreign Legion still have roving patrols all over Paris!
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If you look closely in the background you can see the green beret and camo passing the terrace while I was having coffee.
I got lucky and actually picked a good hostel with some amenities I haven’t found elsewhere since. The bunks had privacy curtains and the breakfast had “American” filtered coffee in a big coffee pot (that they didn’t charge you by the cup for after you got the 3 Euro coffee and danish or better breakfast). The bar was lively and was friendly with people from all over comparing sights seen and planning what to see. It was open 24/7 for check-in, coffee and snacks even when alcohol was not being served.
I met quite a few pleasant and interesting people and tried to practice my French. A Booking.com link to Les Piaules hostel
That evening I felt the tinges of a sore throat starting and saw a pharmacy from the rooftop that I didn’t make it to it in time, they had closed at 8pm. The root-top has some great views of Paris!
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 The Eiffel Tower lit in the distance as the clouds start coming in.
The next morning I started to feel considerably worse… my sinuses were filling and I wished I had sought out an open pharmacy to hyper-load some vitamin C the night before. That normally works for me, for fighting things off, if I do it when just starting to feel ill. Later in the afternoon I was sure I had full blown flu. I’m not sure if I caught a bug from someone in the travel to Paris or if it was just 50 mph sideways soaking rain when having to walk up the stairs changing planes in Reykjavík that got me.
Vitamin C goes in my packing list from now on.
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 A huge “farmers market” every Tuesday and Friday in the Belleville section of Paris
The weather got cold and rainy and I didn’t do much with the rest of the time I spent in Paris. On a side note they have a combination aspirin/vitamin C tablet that dissolves in water to take that’s sold in pharmacies everywhere in Europe that works great and fast, even for hangovers :> It’s not a true study, but everyone I’ve given one to on the morning after now swears by them!
I should make it back to Paris in the spring when the weather turns nice.
Now that I’m feeling better I’ll try to catch up within the next few days or so… but I’m going to try to enjoy feeling better and getting some sun now.