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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 →

Hi Jolly Cemetery

The Hi Jolly Memorial is popular roadside stop in Quartzsite for people travelling south through Arizona; the pyramid shaped memorial shows up on all the “Roadside America,” “RoadTripper,” and road trip planning sites. I drove to the memorial and thought… Continue Reading →

Sitgreaves Pass

Sitgreaves Pass, named after Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, is a winding road that passes through the Black Mountains. This is the route from Oatman to Kingman AZ and it is not a road for the faint of heart. It is very… Continue Reading →

Ludlow Ghost Town and Cemetery

As you meander down Route 66 towards Arizona from California, you’ll inevitably stumble upon a little place called Ludlow. There are so many small abandoned towns in this area but the thing that makes this one stand out is its… Continue Reading →

Calico Cemetery

The Calico Ghost Town by itself told me very little about the silver mining community that once existed there. The history was pretty typical and vanilla and exactly what I’d expect for a pay-to-enter family park. There’s tons of information… Continue Reading →

Père Lachaise and it’s Cats

Most people come to Cimetière du Père Lachaise looking for Jim Morrison’s grave. Say what you will, but this small and rather unassuming headstone (#8) gets a lot of attention and draws crowds. It’s not hard to find, just follow… Continue Reading →

Cimetière des Chiens

The French love their dogs and the most snooty of the snooty can bury them (or other pets) in the Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques in the Paris suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine. It’s a long, densely packed, but surprisingly… Continue Reading →

Les catacombes et les ossuaries

Homo sicut fenum dies ejus, tanquam flos agri sic efflorebit quoniam spiritus pertransibit in illo et non subsistet et non cognoscet amplius locum suum. A man, his days are as grass, as the flower of the field so shall he… Continue Reading →

Bob of the Boulevard

There’s hardly a person alive who doesn’t know Bob Hope or the impact he had on the entertainment industry. He is a star amongst stars and the inspiration for many who we now consider famous. This is why I was… Continue Reading →

El Cerrito. Sunset View. Paul Baloff.

For frequent searchers of Paul’s grave location: Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito. Heian Garden, Row 2, Grave 66B. There is a koi pond and garden below the grave. I’m currently on a project with a company that works with… Continue Reading →

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