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The Panthéon and Hoche

The Panthéon in Paris is King Louis XV’s great contribution to the world of cemeteries… sort of. The original intent in 1755 was to build a church to replace the crumbling Abbey of St. Genevieve, but due to lack of… Continue Reading →

So many cemeteries… so much death…

The overwhelming thing about touring the countryside in Belgium and France is the sheer number of cemeteries in a relatively small amount of space. Some are on the side of the road, some are hidden behind bushes and trees, and… Continue Reading →

The Dominion British Cemetery (a.k.a. Finding Jack)

For the posts on Jack McEachern and group of men from Cabri/Mill Village who fought with the 209th Battalion, start here. We went to the Dominion British Cemetery in Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt to look for Jack McEachern. With me came blossoms from… Continue Reading →

Langemarck Cemetery and the first gas attack

The focus of our visit to France and Belgium has been on finding our relatives who died in the Great War and honouring those who died in the Allied forces. However, with this post I want to point out that… Continue Reading →

The martyr, the catacombs, and the blood mystery

The next stop on the underground exploration tour was the large and cavernous Catacombe di San Gennaro. The catacombs in Napoli are connected… and I don’t mean via tunnels, but rather they are connected by one organization: Catacombe di Napoli…. Continue Reading →

Catacombe di San Gaudioso

I’ll start this post by saying: the San Gaudioso experience is new for me. I’ve studied osteology, graves, and death rituals for almost two and a half decades and I’ve never before seen anything like what I saw in Catacombe… Continue Reading →

It must have really stunk in the 1700s

There’s much more to the Old North Church in Boston than you’re told in passing. Hundreds and hundreds of tourists pass through the doors daily and they’re all told stories of Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the lanterns, and about… Continue Reading →

Vicksburg: So many of these men are unidentified

It upsets me every time I see so many rows of tiny little military gravestones with the word “unknown” on the front. These are people who had lives… and gave them away to politicians… whether willingly or not. They are… Continue Reading →

The coffin receiving place and those stump grave markers

The Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson is one of those weird places where you’re conflicted about how much to explore, where you should wander, and confused about what sort of history exists. I assume that the history is rich but couldn’t… Continue Reading →

Adolphe Sax and the Cimetière de Montmartre

I’m going to slip in a post from Paris because a few days ago it was Adolphe Sax’s 201st birthday (November 6, 1814). Sax is one of the many graves found in the vast necropolis that is the Cimetière de… Continue Reading →

Victoria Harbour and Burlington

The next destination on the find-all-the-places-with-harbour-in-the-name roadtrip is Victoria Harbour: the place that doesn’t actually exist. I think Victoria harbour is a bunch of land that the government is attempting to sell. There are no houses or buildings, but if… Continue Reading →

Winding Roads and More Graveyards

The winding and dipping roads between Hall’s Harbour and Baxter’s Harbour pass through Gibson Woods, named after George Gibson (d. 1847), an Afro-Canadian man who purchased forty acres of land in 1804 for 40 pounds (£3575 now or $7300CAD). Some… Continue Reading →

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