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September 2015

Site 15: Paris’ Pet Cemetery

One of the oldest pet cemeteries in the world is in Paris, and I knew that I had to visit it on this trip. Le Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques is located just outside of Paris along the banks of the Seine – it really is an idyllic location for all of the loved animals Continue reading “Site 15: Paris’ Pet Cemetery”

Site 14: Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise – the grandaddy of all Parisian cemeteries. This was the first big garden cemetery that paved the way for virtually every large cemetery (in the western world) that was created in the 19th century. It was revolutionary at the time – Napoleon basically took burials Continue reading “Site 14: Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery”

Site 13: Paris’ Montmartre Cemetery

Paris. It’s been a while since I’ve been here. It’s nice being back, although it seems that nothing has changed here all that much, but that perhaps I’ve changed more than I thought since the last I was here. I can barely remember the person who first explored this city and its cemeteries Continue reading “Site 13: Paris’ Montmartre Cemetery”

Site 12: Kutna Hora’s Ossuary 

If you’ve been to Prague then you have probably heard about the ossuary in Kutna Hora, about an hour’s train ride out of Prague. The history of this site goes way back*. A monastery was built in 1142, and in 1278 the abbot of the monastery brought back some soil from Golgotha Continue reading “Site 12: Kutna Hora’s Ossuary “

Site 11: Prague’s Olšany Cemetery

When most people think of cemeteries in Prague, they think of the Old Jewish Cemetery. But the city has plenty of other old cemeteries to visit. One of those is the Olšany Cemetery, which originally started as a place to bury plague victims. Continue reading “Site 11: Prague’s Olšany Cemetery”

Site 10: Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery

Ever since I first saw photographs of this cemetery I knew I had to visit it. In fact, even though Prague has a lot to offer, for me, this was its biggest draw. The thousands of moss-covered gravestones, standing, tilted, fallen, leaning on one another… Continue reading “Site 10: Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery”

Site 9: Vienna’s Cemetery of the Nameless

I first heard about this cemetery, probably like many others, when I saw Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy go here during their one day stay in Vienna in Before Sunrise. That was over 20 years ago now, but I’ve always remembered that scene and being moved by the Continue reading “Site 9: Vienna’s Cemetery of the Nameless”

Site 8: Vienna’s Central Cemetery

Well, I thought that Staglieno Cemetery was the mecca of all cemeteries, but Vienna’s Central Cemetery gives it a good run for its money. I knew this would be a big cemetery, I knew it would have beautiful monuments, yet for some reason I was still unprepared for its beauty. Continue reading “Site 8: Vienna’s Central Cemetery”

Site 7: Bratislava’s Ondrejsky Cemetery

Bratislava is an easy day trip from Vienna, and since I was going there anyway, I decided to see what they had for cemeteries. My research online showed that Ondrejsky Cemetery (St. Andrew’s Cemetery) seemed to be a good bet as it had some monuments. Continue reading “Site 7: Bratislava’s Ondrejsky Cemetery”

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