Paying homage to Jim Morrison was at the top of the list of things to do in Paris for me. Obviously I had to visit his grave, and the internet made it pretty easy to find other places to check out. The Paris Guide For Doors Fans helped me find the apartment he lived in and a restaurant he frequented.
Moving to Paris in 1971, Jim planned to focus on realigning himself and writing poetry. There are many different speculations about what happened next, but it is mostly accepted that he passed away in Paris that same year (but there are always conspiracy theories).
Morrison lived a full life, just faster than most people. Luckily what he created outlasted him so we can still put on a record or pick up a book of his poetry…
Jim Morrison’s grave
Jim Morrison’s tombstone can be found at Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is a huge graveyard, so I suggest taking a picture of one of the maps to find your way! Jim’s grave is very popular so we weren’t the only ones trying to find it and certainly not the only ones there. It is fenced off with security cameras now, but we did manage a quick whiskey offering without anyone getting upset.
Whatever you do, remember you are in a graveyard and it’s important to be respectful.
Located at 17 rue Beautreillis is the apartment where Jim lived with Pamela Courson. While some believe Jim died in a nightclub, others believe he died in this apartment in the bath (whoever put the sign up didn’t seem to think so). There is a little cafe across the street from the apartments where we had a glass of wine and admired the building.
Les Deux Magots
We wanted to eat somewhere Jim enjoyed. Apparently he would go to this restaurant often, sometimes alone, sometimes with Pam. It’s fun to think of Jim in Paris in the 70s. Sitting outside cafes and in parks writing or people watching.
We walked passed a band playing on the street and got a table out front. Our waiter here was an older gentlemen and very patient with us.
We did some people watching of our own. My buddy pointed out a cute dog walking by and the guy walking him took that as an invitation to sit down. We couldn’t understand a word he was saying and he had obviously been drinking, but he seemed nice enough and we got to pet his dog.
As soon as he noticed, our waiter marched over and asked if we knew the man. We said no and they started arguing and he actually kind of pushed him out! Then when the people at the next table got up to leave, the man said, “if he comes back, just call me!”
We still don’t know what the man was saying to us, but we laughed about it, just like all our other restaurant experiences in Paris.
There are lots of people in Paris, especially when I was there in summer. It can be hard to take a moment to dedicate to the dead when you feel like you’re at a tourist attraction. Jim was great, and it’s no surprise that he attracts people to him still.
It’s still possible to quiet your mind and make it a special experience for yourself, no matter how many people are around you.
What has music, and your favorite artists, done for you? There will always be moments to be thankful for that.