The Wall Street Journal has just published an interesting article on the “stiff competition” among the numerous tour guides in Père Lachaise. Our friend Thierry Le Roi gets a mention!!
Vincent de Langlade
Also mentioned in the article is Vincent de Langlade, who Thierry Le Roi calls a “master”. He published a book years ago entitled Une Heure Au Père Lachaise (An Hour In Père Lachaise). I still use the map that was sold with the book!
As a budding guide, Mr. Beyern recalled spotting an older man roaming the cemetery with a notebook filled with details on the dead. That was Vincent de Langlade, a guide who had been working in Père Lachaise since the 1950s. “My master,” Mr. Le Roi says.
For anyone who has been to Père Lachaise, you know there are a gazillion guides. I’ve done several guided tours: music, celebrities, ecology to name a few. I highly recommend Thierry Le Roi. I also recommend a fantastic, and fast-paced!, music tour* by Philippe Landru. Music included! Amazing.
And don’t forget, special contributor to this blog, Michelle Campbell, proposes a Jim Morrison’s Paris tour which includes a visit to Père Lachaise! You don’t want to miss that either.
Have you done a guided tour of Père Lachaise? Tell us about it in the comments!
* De Bellini à Mano Solo : deux siècles de musique au Père Lachaise