Today is the American holiday of Halloween is celebrated. The dead rise from the ground and roam the earth for one night. Then tomorrow, 1 Nov, is All Saints Day. What better time than to look at some of the European graveyards I have visited.
The first is a graveyard I visited on a vacation through England in 2013. This place was a special stop on our trip because my early ancestors were married in this church in the 1500’s. This church yard is in Escomb, England. The church has been in existence since the year 675 AD. You can just feel the old souls lingering when you walk into this graveyard.
The Dutch seem (to me) to hide their graveyards. I thought for the longest time when I first moved here that they didn’t have any visible. I remembering asking my Hubby what actually they did when people died. Silly, but after being raised in a country where you see graveyards nearly everywhere it was strange in a country with a dense population never to see them. Since that day, I have been educated. I have visited a few due to either death of family/friends, military war cemeteries, or just a peaceful place to go and think for a while. Dutch graveyards are actually the one place I have found that isn’t crowed with (live) people.
This headstone was unusual. I couldn’t really make out the name and the bird (I am guessing a black bird) I could see from across the graveyard. It would give someone the creeps after dark I am sure.
This graveyard in Hindeloopen was a bit crowded. Located right outside the church it seemed like they almost stacked the graves on top of each other.
My guess is this grave belonged to a sailor.
Those who never made it home.
The stormy weather can make the graveyard can make it seem more haunted. A gloomy resting place for the departed souls, put a gate and a lock on it and it reeks of STAY AWAY, or to someone like myself maybe a challenge to get entrance. This one I came across in Overijssll. No, I didn’t get in.
That my Halloween short tour of the graveyards here, in Europe.
Happy Halloween everyone!
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