Wandering through the Fog…

I spent a beautiful lightly snowy and foggy (early) morning at a gem of a cemetery over looking a beautiful lake.  I must say, I was a bit spooked at times as the gates had just opened and there wasn’t a soul (no pun intended) insight.  But I thoroughly enjoyed it and wandered for sometime, losing myself in the peace, quiet and fog.

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This cemetery was founded in 1871, This quite interesting story began with several New England-born men and women who came to Minnesota around the late 1800’s. These were the men and women that helped to build the city of Minneapolis. They were progressive, enlightened and envisioned this amazing plot of land as a place for the community members to be buried in beauty and tranquility.

A Beautiful Family Monument

The Dawn of a New Day


Into the fog


And silence sounds no worse than
             cheers / After death has stopped
the ears.

                                                  — A. E. Housman

The Fog is looming over the Lake










If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this like is a wandering to find a home’, why should we not look forward to the arrival

          — C.S. Lewis








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Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Cemetery  in Excelsior, Minnesota
in Excelsior, Minnesota

Grand Canyon Cemetery

Grand Canyon

Notre Dame de Paris taken from the Seine

Notre Dame de Paris
taken from the Seine

Road Trip Stop Cody, Kansas

Road Trip Stop
Cody, Kansas

Just another quick stop on the I - 70 in Missouri

Just another quick stop on the I – 70 in Missouri

Leaving Sedona Arizona.            BEAUTIFUL

Leaving Sedona Arizona.

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An Afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Excelsior


The Oak Hill Cemetery was organized as a public cemetery during the 1850’s.  It sits on top of a hill facing the south side of Lake Minnetonka    Lake Minnetonka was a bustling vacation area in the late 1800’s and into the early 1900’s.

The first burial was in 1855, while the last was in the late 1960’s.There are three sections of the Oak Hill Cemetery.  The oldest part of the cemetery is section one; this is on the hill area.  This is somewhat a steep and quite dangerous hill in places.  The second section is to the east of section one.  The third section is to the west of sections one and two, on the flat section.   I have spent my time in only in the oldest section, on top of the hill.

Legend has it that some paranormal activity has gone on in this cemetery at night.  The Paranormal Research Society has done some studies in this very cemetery.  You may visit their website to view what that have found in this cemetery.    http://www.mprsminnesota.com/

This is just a sampling of the photos I took this day.  Enjoy

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And as a side note, I may post anything that catches my fancy on Paris.
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Me and my new little friend the “Javalina”


The Notre Dame de Paris

Wander along with me ...

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The Notre Dame Cathedral was the largest religious building in the West until the Amiens Cathedral was built in the 13th century The Amiens Cathedral is the tallest in the Picardy region of France.   It is located about 75 miles north of Paris, France.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see this particular Cathedral.

The Notre Dame cathedral was started in about 1163 and completed in about 1345.  During the French Revolution, in the 1790’s, it suffered great destruction.  Over time, many different architects worked on this famous Cathedral, if you were to study this from all angles, you may be able to see the slight variations in the style.

The stained glass, sculptures and gargoyles are quite impressive.  There are over…

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A red phone booth in Gibraltar- A British icon…

ImageThese traditional British red telephone kiosks can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, and in current or former British colonies around the world. The color red was chosen to make them easy to spot.

In the town of Newark, Nottinghamshire, there is a graveyard. But this is no ordinary resting place for the dead. This is a graveyard of decommissioned BT phone boxes.  These Red Kiosks were designed in 1935 for King George V’s Silver Jubilee, for a mere price of 1,950 Euros.

Oh…the things you see on the open road!

At the beginning of April, I took a road trip.  All by myself.  I enjoyed the peace and the beauty of the wide open country.  I specifically took back roads and some less traveled roads.  I did get lost a few times, but thankfully, I have a Garmin AND and iPhone!  Those 2 tiny and very expensive things, saved my behind.

I stumbled upon so many wonderful things.  Many cemeteries, abandoned barns,  old signs, churches and buildings.  There were so many things that I could have stopped to photograph, but there is only so much daylight, and I was traveling alone.

Day one; I went from Dallas, Texas through the tip of the Ozarks and stayed the night in Jefferson City, MO.  Which, by the way, is a very cool town.  Experiencing it at 7:00 am when the town is fast asleep is truly wonderful!

Day 2; I traveled through MO onto the 63N.  I traveled though Bloomfield, Iowa (what a darling town) and headed west on the 34.

I have posted only a few different buildings and an old sign, but they just had so much….life, that I couldn’t help but get several angles.

Enjoy, Cathy


Some of these photos were taken on west 34, between Bloomfield, Iowa and Clarion, Iowa. Abandoned Barn Abandoned Barn Abandoned Barn Highway 34, west of Bloomberg Iowa Abandoned Barn Abandoned Barn

Pretty creepy, I did not want to get any closer.

Pretty creepy, I did not want to get any closer.

Georgetown, iowa

I am guessing by the looks of things, that this is a non-working barn....

I am guessing by the looks of things, that this is a non-working barn….

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