Top of the list for places to visit on our upcoming trip to Paris is Pere Lachaise cemetery. In fact we are staying in a hotel nearby so we plan to visit the cemetery more than once. It is full of memorials to famous people like Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison of the Doors fame.
On a previous visit to Pere Lachaise we were impressed by the memorial placed over the grave of Oscar Wilde. It is a sculpture of a Sphinx by famous British sculptor, Jacob Epstein. Visitors to the gravesite were in the habit of leaving a lipstick imprint of a kiss on the Sphinx as can be seen on the photo below. In 2011 a glass barrier was erected to prevent the kisses.
Today is Oscar Wilde’s birthday and a good time to remember the amazing dramatist who gave the world such entertaining plays as “Lady Windermere’s Fan” and “The Importance of being Earnest”.