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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

Rosemary Collier ·
Dr. Fumblefingers, you take amazing photos! We can't wait to go. Reminds me of the sweet song my mother used to sing around our house when I was a girl: "It's a long way to Tipperary."
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a long way to Tipperary, but it's worth the journey! You'll love your visit to Ireland, Rosemary. It's just a fun destination.
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

arion ·
Thank you, thank you, for this, Dr. F. This is an excellent time (November 11, Remembrance Day tomorrow) to be reminded of the D-Day assault. We were in Normandy in 1994, when they were marking the 50th anniversary of D Day, and one night we were having dinner in a restaurant and struck up a conversation with a young couple. They were a bit rough looking, a couple of Brits who were starting on a tour of France on their motorcycle but they had stopped off in Normandy at the beaches to "pay...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comment, Arion. It's hard not to be moved by D-Day. The vastness of the assault, the staggering loss of life (civilian and military). What most impressed me is that the local people remember. Not French people away from the coast, but those whose relatives went through the assault make a point of teaching their children and grandchildren the price paid to liberate them from the Nazi fascists. The Juno Beach Center, built by the Canadian Beach, really did a great job of...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Travel Rob ·
Thanks DrFumblefinger, It's been way too many years since I've seen the Normandy beaches. Your photos are very moving .
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
My Father received this from Dwight D Eisenhower at the start of D-Day:
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting and historic document, GarryRF. Many of those who landed on the D-Day beaches never spoke of this with anyone -- so horrible was the experience, so many wounded and killed among them. I'm curious --did your dad ever share these experiences with you?
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
Yes - my Dad and lots of other guys told me their stories! My Dad was in the Royal Navy and was taking landing craft full of soldiers from ship to shore - several times - under heavy fire! A guy I was doing work for had lots of photos and souvenirs on the walls of his house. Medals and maps. Newspaper cuttings and Badges. All in frames. I asked him how much he remembered of D-Day. "Every minute of every hour. Me and my mate had been together since the outbreak of war. Nearly 5 years. We were...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Several vets I know say that the Normandy beach landings as portrayed in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" are the way they remember it. Madness, chaos, noise, death, fear, adrenaline, more fear. And yet they ran into the madness. It takes a type of courage that's hard for us to imagine in the 21st century. Thanks for sharing that story, Garry.
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
When I was a little nipper and hadn't started school we would visit family at the weekend. No TV. No money. 1950's -you get the picture. So socialising with Dad's 9 brothers and sisters was as good as it got ! If you mentioned the War in some homes you'd be out the front door quicker than a Rat up a Drain pipe ! Others would tell you tales to make your hair curl. Tails of unbelievable bravery, absurdity and stupidity. The Ladies would tell the tale of how the American and Canadian GI's would...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Former Member ·
Thank you mr fumblefinger for your poignant description and photos. Our family lost my uncle at Omaha Beach. He was one of those young men caught up in the drama of war who did his best in a very bad situation. Several times during the 1980s and early 1990s, I made my way to northwestern France to visit the D-Day landing sites. At that time, I was struck by three things - the immaculate grounds and air of respect, the gratefulness of the French people and the fact that there were very few...
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Re: Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating tour, Paul. But I'm a little disappointed there's no pic of Jim Morrison's grave (he of the rock group "The Doors" fame).
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Re: Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PortMoresby ·
On the day I visited Pere Lachaise there was an elderly man flamboyantly "tending" Piaf's grave. Dressed theatrically, with long silver hair, he'd drawn a crowd, as I'm sure was his intent, while pretending to all appearances, that we weren't there. He circled the stone with over-the-top caring gestures and I wondered if he considered it his "job" to perpetuate the drama of The Little Sparrow. He was certainly succeeding that day.
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Re: Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PHeymont ·
Sorry, Dr. F...we would have stopped by there, but the weather was looking worse...and I knew he'd have told me "Please don't stop the rain..."
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Re: Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PHeymont ·
PM, we didn't see the Piaf admirer, but the cemetery has quite a few characters in attendance; it can be quite a show. And there are some who will gladly lead you all over...and only tell you at the end that they are expecting to be paid. We'll probably visit Montmartre cemetery next summer...it's a grave commitment...
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Re: Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PortMoresby ·
Pheymont, I'm sure you're familiar with Montmartre and know when you're at the cemetery you'll be very close to Rue Lepic and environs, my "home" neighborhood. If you haven't already, from the cemetery walk east on Blvd Clichy to Rue Lepic, turn left and go uphill, jog right/left at the top onto Rue Tholoze where you'll pass my first Paris home, and on a few steps more to the old moulin of Impressionist fame. After years and many visits it's still my favorite village and, after trying...
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Re: Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PortMoresby ·
Poor Mme Derval, who seems not to have had a name.
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Re: Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PHeymont ·
I noticed that...but for me, the hardest moment of the afternoon was the sense of relentless mortality I felt at the grave of Louise Weber, "La Goulue." To look at the severe and confining stone box, and think at the same time of the image we carry of her...
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Re: Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PortMoresby ·
Speaking of la Goulue, you know the neighborhood, PHeymont. She could have just about fallen off the stage at the Moulin Rouge into that box. The famous nightclub is at the bottom of Rue Lepic, mentioned in a recent blog, and some of my "best friends" were can-can dancers. Before someone asks, not la Goulue. And don't feel bad, P., she's enjoying the rest.
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Re: Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PHeymont ·
She died nearby, as well. She returned to Montmartre in 1928, a year before her death, and eked out a living selling matches and peanuts on a corner near the Moulin Rouge.
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Re: Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PortMoresby ·
Hmm, that sounds pretty good, ending my days in the old neighborhood, selling peanuts to supplement my Social Security. What I don't sell, I can eat. I can think of worse ways.
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Re: Remembering: The British War Cemetery, Trincomalee

GarryRF ·
War Memorial Washington DC.
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A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
True to its history, our visit to the coast of Normandy was cool, windy and wet -- but that's how it's been for thousands of years.  Many an armada was delayed in leaving or landing on these shores because of inclement weather, including the...
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A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

DrFumblefinger ·
 There are few places in Ireland with a richer history than the  Rock of Cashel .   Situated at the edge of the town of Cashel, the rock is a huge outcropping on top of which rests a complex of old buildings situated some 60m (200ft)...
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Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PHeymont ·
For reasons I can’t completely explain, the great cemeteries of Paris are among the city’s major tourist attractions. There is the amazing statuary to be seen, yes. There are the graves of the rich and famous, certainly. There is the...
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Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PHeymont ·
After the French Revolution, came the cemetery revolution. Paris' Pere Lachaise cemetery was in the vanguard of this 19th century movement, when small churchyards in expanding cities could no longer hold all the dead--and could no longer be allowed to...
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Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

DrFumblefinger ·
  Who would have guessed the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires is found in a cemetery?  Not only is it expensive, there's a line waiting to get in (seriously)!  You actually lease a plot here, as I understand it, and don't...
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Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar, Buenos Aires (Where Gumbo was #144)

DrFumblefinger ·
The Church of Our Lady of Pilar is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires, and a beautiful example of its Colonial era architecture. It adjoins the famous Recoleta Cemetery.
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Remembering: The British War Cemetery, Trincomalee

DrFumblefinger ·
Depending on where you live, it's Veteran's Day or Remembrance Day. DrFumblefinger remembers with a visit to the British War Cemetery in Trincomalee.
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Ghost Adventures in Gettysburg and Maryland

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
It's Halloween and what could be more timely that stories of ghosts and visiting the places they haunt, like Stephanie Kalina-Metzger did in Gettysburg and Maryland.
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199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, by Loren Rhoads

PortMoresby ·
I suppose I found this today because it's October 31st. I'm much fonder of cemeteries in general than I am of Halloween, but glad it occasioned this book being promoted. I'm sure I've seen more than my share of cemeteries, what with interests in genealogy, photography, travel & hunting down long-gone people who've interested me, old churches and places of cultural distillation that cemeteries tend to be. I'm glad to see this one added to the list of directories, ones like 'Permanent...
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July 5, 2017: Cambridge American Cemetery

George G. ·
George G shares a visit to the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only permanent World War II Memorial in the British Isles.
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Moscow to put Wi-Fi in famous cemeteries

Travel Rob ·
Wi-Fi coming to famous cemeteries in Moscow. See more.
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Connecting with Ancestral Roots, Dresden, Tennessee

Samantha ·
Samantha shares her emotional yet wonderful visit to her granmother's home town of Dresden, Tennessee on what would have been her 107th birthday.
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May 12, 2019: Circular Congregational Church, Charleston

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits one of Charleston's oldest churches, of unusual circular design. The grounds contains one of the oldest cemeteries in the region.
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August 22, 2019: Old Burying Ground, Halifax

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the oldest cemetery in Halifax, established the same year the city was founded and a place of rest for some 12,000 souls.
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Chamula Cemetery, Dia de los Muertos

PortMoresby ·
Though PortMoresby had seen decorated cemeteries in the wake of Day of the Dead before, the experience on the day, November 1st, was new and quite unlike any other.
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Yosemite Cemetery

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits Pioneer Cemetery -- a small but tranquil place in Yosemite Valley where an interesting assortment of grave markers reflect the varied nature of those who rest here.
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