Happy Halloween, dear fans of the.ego.tripper. How are you today? Do you have your outfit ready for tonight? To get totally shitfaced, anonymously? I like your style. But remember, kids, tomorrow is All Saints! No, not the girl band from a decade ago. All Saints, the day we Christians (yes, I am a Christian, but not a very good one I imagine) celebrate our saints. It’s a bit like Christmass, but more macabre.
But here at the.ego.tripper’s, we turn macabre into something nice. And how do we do that, ladies and gentlemen? Well, by showing you how jawdroppingly beautiful a cemetery can be. I kid u not! I don’t think I ever told you cemeteries – much like churches and subway systems – are my favorite places to visit in any city or country. It’s true. Man, I remember how I was in Prague – in Kutna Hora to be more precise – and saw the church made of human bones. It was brilliant.
What I like about cemeteries, dear travel addicts, is the fact that it offers a peacefulness, a quiet getaway from often busy city centers, a place to breathe, a place to contemplate. Don’t you agree? Anyway, I listed ten of the world’s most impressive cemeteries. So you can see macabre doesn’t always have to be negative…
1. Père Lachaise, Paris
Probably the most famous of all cemeteries. This Parisian graveyard is like a small village, a true city of death if you will. It’s huge. And it has a lot of celebrities like Chopin, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison.
2. Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
When in Prague, you have to – I repeat ‘have to’ – visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. Because the Jewish people only got such a small space to bury their people, they had to stack the bodies and tombstones on top of each other, resulting in twelve layers of graves.
3. Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb
Not one of the most well known cemeteries in Europe, but definitely one of the prettiest, with cupolas, flower gardens, walkways. When the.ego.tripper dies, he wants to be buried here…
4. St. Andrews, Scotland
A cathedral in ruins, but a graveyard to cherish. This must be one of the most scenic places to be buried in Great-Britain.
5. Bayeux, France
Bayeux is home to the largest British WWII cemetery in France. Located near the Normandy beaches, most of those who are remembered here died during the D-Day Invasion. There is also a German cemetery nearby.
6. Highgate Cemetery, London
Highgate Cemetery is the most famous of London’s Victorian era cemeteries. Why? Because it’s beautiful! And why else? Because it has it’s own vampire!
7. Okuno-in Cemetery, Japan
Not all sweet ass cemeteries are located in Europe, you know. Also in Japan they know how to build a comfortable place to rest.
8. La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Isn’t this just amazing? I mean, look at how big and crowded this cemetery is. It’s the Père Lachaise of South-America. Featuring Eva Perron!
9. Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Yes, it’s by the sea in sunny Puerto Rico. It’s in between a slum and a fort, which means the cemetery is the best place to be in this town! I wonder if it has it’s own beach…
10. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia
Last one on the list, but it’s a nice one as well. A classical Southern cemetery, with plots dating back to the Civil War.