Gone and Done It!

There’s another objective achieved, another scratched off my ‘to do’ list. I spent the weekend in Paris and had a really nice time. My main objective, if you haven’t already guessed from the photo above, was to visit Jim Morrison’s grave. Unlike what you see in the film, “The Doors,” there is no graffiti around the grave and it’s now behind a fence. Thank God for mobile phone cameras which let you zoom it. Ever since I got to Europe 36 years ago, it was something I always wanted to do. Covid prevented me from doing so on my 60th birthday but now I’ve done it, hooray!

I don’t know who this derelict is standing in front of Jim’s grave. Oh wait, that’s me.

My daughter Rowena and future daughter in law, Eline

After my objective was achieved, I let my daughter and her fiance pretty much decide the rest of the weekend. On the Saturday, we spent several hours at The Louvre doing all the touristy things. We saw the obvious attractions, The Mona Lisa and the statue of Venus DeMilo as well as many other objects of fine art. A few years ago, I posted about my trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum but The Louvre eats that one for breakfast and lunch. Unless everyone really wants to see it, I won’t post all the photos from there but there was one painting, I can’t remember the artist, which really caught my eye. The reason was that the painting reminded my so much of the video for the song “Mystery” by Dio.

It’s always a mystery.

There are two other interesting happenings over the weekend which are worth me sharing. In my hotel room on the Friday night, I caught a French album show on TV. Most of them weren’t to my musical tastes until the last two. First of these was a band called Indochine. Judging from the video performance where they played to a packed out arena, they’re very big in France. Having just read their biography, this band has been around since the 1980s! Why haven’t I heard of them? They’re considered soft rock/new wave and they sounded quite good. Closing out the album show was a band I introduced last year, Maneskin, from Italy who won last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The video was of their latest song, a power ballad called “Loneliness” and it’s very good.


Måneskin during Rock am Ring at Nürburgring, Nürburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany on 2022-06-03, Photo: Sven Mandel

As for the second happening, I feel that I would be letting everyone down if I hadn’t discovered a cool heavy metal bar while in Paris. Fortunately I did. It is called Le Black Dog and is located about five minutes walk from The Louvre. It’s not a very big place and unfortunately they were all booked up so we couldn’t sample the cuisine which is said to be very good. I did enjoy a new beer called Polar Dog and they played some great death metal. Another interesting note, there was one guy in the bar who could have been the result of a liaison between Lemmy and a female Motorhead fan. He did look a lot like him. So, if you’re in Paris, you know where to go for a good metal time. I just wished we could have stayed longer.

Patrons of Le Black Dog

My refreshing pint of Polar Dog

Some more cool decor, I took this photo from my stepson Teal

Overall, I had a great weekend in Paris and I hope you all enjoyed reading about it. At least, should you ever go there, you know of a great place to go to and yes, I didn’t have a bad meal the entire weekend.

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22 Responses to “Gone and Done It!”

  1. Awesome stuff mate!

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  2. Very nice, looks like a splendid time! I never did make it to Paris when I was in Europe. I did find a few metal bars, one in Marseille in France and several in Eastern Europe. And very cool you got to visit a landmark like Morrison’s grave.

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  3. Very cool! Jim’s burial plot is also on my list, if and when I get to take my daughter to Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower—that’s a dream of hers! (I have no idea when she would be able to go because of having three young children right now, but maybe in 10 years).
    Loved your photos and go figure there’s a fence around Jim’s plot.

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  4. I’m glad you had a great weekend in Paris, Mike! That’s so cool you got to visit Jim Morrison’s grave too. I find it strange that an American singer’s grave is located in Paris, but I don’t know the full story, so I’ll leave it at that.

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  5. Looks like a great trip. I never made it to Morrison’s gravesite as no one else in my family gave a crap about it, so I lost on that front. And I listened to Maneskin’s new album and I quite like it. Nice to hear some new, modern rock & roll.

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  6. Cool you finally went to Paris, and managed to pack so much into the weekend with your family!
    I’ve been there a few times now but still yet to schedule a visit to Jim’s grave. Yes, Indochine are huge here in France.

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