Monday, October 01, 2007

Theme Day : Cemetery / Tombstone


And here is my contribution to the theme day. A bit awkward this month, but why not... I took this photo in the Montparnasse cemetery, just like the one I posted earlier this week (I did not know the theme day was going to be Cemetery/ Tombstone! Silly me...)

As usual, more than 100 City Daily Photo bloggers participate in this theme day. Please apy them a visit ;)

St. Louis (MO), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - New York City (NY), USABoston (MA), USA - Mainz, Germany - Hyde, UK - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Toulouse, France - Arradon, France - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Joplin (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Seattle (WA), USA - Baziège, France - Baltimore (MD), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Anderson (SC), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Nashville (TN), USA - Tenerife, Spain - Manila, Philippines - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Jacksonville (FL), USA - River Falls (WI), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - Lubbock (TX), USA - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Moscow, Russia - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Minneapolis (MN), USA - New Orleans (LA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - London, England - Paderborn, Germany - The Hague, Netherlands - Selma (AL), USA - Sunderland, UK - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Stavanger, Norway - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Forks (WA), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Boston (MA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Wellington, New Zealand - Montpellier, France - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Evry, France - Saarbrücken, Germany - New York City (NY), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - North Bay (ON), Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Cypress (TX), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Paris, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Prague, Czech Republic - Zurich, Switzerland - Budapest, Hungary - Paris, France - Saigon, Vietnam - Grenoble, France - Zurich, Switzerland - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Toronto (ON), Canada
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34 comments:

  1. Tiens! Je suis le premier! In Singapore, cemeteries are scary places because the Chinese tradition is very different from Western ones. At night, there is a gloomy and frightening air. I understand that western cemeteries are tranquil and a place for reflection. It's so different here.

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  2. The variety of practices connected with cemeteries amazes me. I think I prefer the Mexican culture's attitude toward death as exhibited in their celebrations on All Saints and All Souls Day.

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  3. A really lovely place to wander in for a few hours.

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  4. Yes...I would love to just walk through and read the memorials. Most of our cemeteries only allow flat or very small stones for grave markers. These are beautiful.

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  5. Jelvistar and Sally,

    You wouldn't want to think of wandering through a cemetary in Singapore and reading the tombstones. It'll freak you out totally! Cemetaries are highly superstitious places here and 'death' is often avoided in conversations. It's said that ill spirits roam the grounds at night and paralyse trespassers.

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  6. This is such an interesting cemetary. I know that Pere Lachaise is probably best known amongst the tourists, but this one in Montparnasse has such interesting stories behind each grave. Good choice!

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  7. Well, both of your contributions are very interesting. I had to chuckle about The Adams Family.

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  8. A plethora of Paris today is Izzy in Naples is posting Chopin's tomb on her blog.

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  9. Really nice perspective of a beautiful cemetery.

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  10. Nice perspective, and enjoyed your earlier post. We visited Pere Lachaise last time we were in Paris (http://rr-netherlands.blogspot.com/2007/04/paris-redux.html) and will have to visit Montparnasse next time!

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  11. Ah ah! La famille Adams, excellent!

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  12. Good save, Eric! I found myself in a cemetery at near dark in the rain to get it posted on time to theme day! I love the blue sky and green trees in the background and the monument large in the foreground. I went past this site, but didn't venture to explore it. Next time!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  13. tout dans la sobriété, c'est un tres bon choix

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  14. Now here's a theme day you can either dig or not dig depending on your personal or cultural view.

    I personally enjoy exploring cemeteries and reading the epitaphs and feeding the cats. And I've decided there are more cats in European cemeteries than here in the U.S.

    Eric, I loved Saturday's blue door and yes, it made me think of the South of France, but also, the beautiful domes and roof tops in Santorini. I'm glad I did not see that post until today, otherwise I may have been inspired to paint something over the weekend in this color. :)

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  15. Cemeteries are great representations of cultural values, as noted in comments above. In the U.S., they often served as the 'city park' before a city actually set aside parks. They are in beautiful areas, often forested and hilly, with small lakes. Military cemeteries are very stern, regimented, in line, and sobering. (Both Minneapolis and St. Paul Daily Photo feature the same military cemetary, with very different perspectives, both 'reflective' in different ways.) I haven't visited Montparnasse cemetery, though I've passed close often. Next time.

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  16. Nice composition ... I agree that the theme is a "bit awkward". For me it is hard to find comments to leave. At the same time I really enjoyed the photo hunt and the history lessons which the theme presented.

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  17. Very interesting! Growing up in New England it was very common to take chalk or coal and rub it on tracing paper held over old tombstones to get "grave rubbings" as they are called. Some are quite interesting, going back to the earliest American settlers.

    The cemeteries in Paris definitely have their own unique charm, and if I remember correctly Montparnasse has more of the "literary" or Bohemian crowd associated with the rive gauche. Last time I was in Paris I visited the cemetery at Montmartre for the first time and was quite amazed at the tomb of "Dalida" with the statue of her and the "rays of light"! Truffaut is also there. Merci for always making our brains get to work Eric...even on the first Monday of October! LOL!!

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  18. I don't find it awkward that you shared two great cemetery photos with us, just a few days apart. Thank you.

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  19. This is not an awkward, the theme day that you posted a photo of dog crap, that was awkward!

    I often stop by here just too see if you've outdone yourself....

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