Old Burying Ground

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A rainy afternoon visit to the Old Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  The beautiful carvings on these old slate tombstones, some of them over three-hundred and fifty years-old, are straight out of an Edward Gorey storybook.

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Wanderings: Recoleta cemetery

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It was gray and drizzling the day I visited Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.  The rain kept other tourists away, and it was quiet and meditative to stroll up and down the pathways of the cemetery, with only a dozen or so stray cats for company.  I spent several hours reading the names on the mausoleums, admiring the stonework and marble carvings, and wondering what BA had been like during the lives of the various people buried there.

Cemeteries have always fascinated me and I try to visit them any time I go somewhere new.  Though every culture and country has a different approach to burying the dead, there is always a sense of reverence, beauty, and affection to those resting places, and Recoleta is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen.

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