We regret to report that you can no longer recklessly lather up your lips with lipstick and kiss Oscar Wilde‘s tomb in Père Lachaise Cemetery. In an unusual gesture for Paris, the authorities have chosen public sanitation over romance in erecting a plate glass barrier around the grave too high for even the tallest of Wilde lovers.
The cemetery authorities actually made the change in 2011, but we weren’t blogging then. If we were, we gladly would have warned any nearby smoochers to (literally) get in their last licks before it was too late. Sorry about that. The monument looks pretty drab these days without the fan decoration, but maybe public health statistics have improved???