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Sartre and de Beauvoir

Sartre and de Beauvoir

Paris, France

Often on my trips, I will select some arbitrary goal simply to give my wanderings a sense of direction. This trick also has the consequence of running me into the unexpected and unplanned which again is part of the purpose. During my recent stay in Paris, while I was residing in Montparnasse, I set out to find the grave site of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Once I oriented my map properly, I found it rather quickly. What I found was quite unexpected. The grave stone was covered with mementos, notes and documents written by admirers. These items were evidently fresh which meant that there was a constant stream of such tributes. Clearly people remember and greatly value these philosophers and the lessons of their relationship.

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