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An Interview with David Downie
In his new book A Passion for Paris David Downie embarks on an irreverent secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris, weaving his own observations of the city's most alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas with those of literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics. In this interview he answers our questions about Paris, revealing some unexpectedly romantic spots, from aisle seats to cemeteries.
  Longitude. How did your own love affair with Paris begin? Downie. In the fall of 1976, on a dark and stormy night... the affair was not love at first sight for either of us. I was 18 and bent by the weight of the world.
Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
A Favorite Spot in Paris
Kindly contributed by David Downie, author of Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light.
"Hilly, wooded, with winding paths knotted around crumbling tombs, the cemetery of Père-Lachaise in Paris’s 20th arrondissement is just possibly the best-loved monumental city of the dead in Europe. Long ago I became a Père-Lachaise habitué, drawn by the serpentine landscaping, the keyhole views from twisting lanes and the blissful freedom from cars. Though the cemetery looks like a pleasant park, it’s the mossy, lichen-frosted monuments, and the atmosphere they create, that are this spot’s greatest attractions.