Cool Stuff in Paris. By Manning Leonard Krull.

Dalida bust at Place Dalida

Dalida was a legendary Italian-Egyptian singer who was, and is, absolutely huge in France. You can read all about her on Wikipedia, and I recommend checking out a few of her songs on YouTube! Her rendition of Bang Bang is wonderful.

Dalida's Parisian home was in Montmartre, and after her death the city named this place (square) after her and installed this bust of her here. You'll notice the, ahem, bust is a bit shiny in a couple places. Right after I took these pictures, two giggling young boys ran by and jumped up to cop a feel in mid-air. I'm sure this is a daily occurrence. That memory ranks pretty high in my list of top Parisian moments of all time.

Dalida is buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, my favorite cemetery in Paris; I have some info about finding her tomb near the end of my article about the whole cemetery, here.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Place Dalida, you're also just a stone's throw from a tiny park called Place Suzanne Buisson (map) which contains a statue of good ol' Saint Denis and his severed head.


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