Last year at this time I was in Paris for a long stay, I’ve already shared many moments with you, including another cemetery, Montparnasse.
But this one is very personal…
And there you wonder what a Parisian cemetery has to do with me.
After the breakup and before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I spent a week in Vietnam, I talk about this trip in my book.
Reconnecting with my roots and learning more about my history is important to me. We can’t know ourselves and project ourselves into the future without being aware of our past.
"Nguyễn" my family name, which is of Vietnamese origin, is the name of a dynasty that reigned in Vietnam from 1802 to 1945.
The last emperor Bảo Đại had to abdicate in 1945 against the communists and the Vietminh party.
Born Prince Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy in the city of Hue in 1913, he went into exile in France in the 1950s - and now you are beginning to understand - died in the Val-de-Grâce military hospital in Paris in 1997, and he’s buried in the Passy cemetery in Paris!
I’ll tell you more about the history of this dynasty in a future article.
In the meantime, I must say that he has chosen a beautiful place, on the hill, overlooking the Seine and Chaillot Palace.
And above all, a view on the Eiffel Tower!!
There are many cemeteries in Paris, and as many legends are buried there.
That of Passy is certainly no exception to the rule.
Édouard Manet, Tristan Bernard, Claude Debussy, Fernandel, the Givenchy family, Pasteur…
It's not always easy to find specific tombs in this maze, but sometimes it's more fun to discover them by chance...
In winter, the place is solemn, peaceful but not morbid, especially when the blue sky is there.
It's like going to a museum, you find art, architecture, and history.
All these great names, characters and for sure incredible adventures that could be told by these deceased...