Happy Halloween, everybody. I’d like to keep things spooky today, so I’m going to fill you in on the world’s best cemeteries to visit.
This article gives a good breakdown. Happily, five of these cemeteries are in cities on EF College Break trips, so you can visit them yourself if you’re feeling up to it. I actually haven’t been to any of the cemeteries mentioned. I’d love to go to that Waverly Cemetery in Sydney. It looks amazing, with the dramatic views of the sea adding to the already-dramatic element of the tombstones.
Two of my personal favorite cemeteries did not make this list. One is Père Lachaise in Paris. When I studied abroad in Paris, I lived around the corner from this famous cemetery. It houses the remains of many famous French people, including writer Marcel Proust and mime Marcel Marceau. It’s also the final resting place of Jim Morrison (his grave is by far the most visited, always covered in flowers and notes and other tokens of admiration).
My other favorite cemetery is in Prague, where I also lived for a spell. It’s up on Vyšehrad hill. This cemetery has nice views of the Vltava River, and it houses the graves of famous Czechs like composer Antonin Dvořák and writer Jan Neruda.
I like visiting cemeteries in foreign cities. It has sort of a weird effect—somewhere between spooky and peaceful. Always nice and quiet. And seeing the final resting places of the country’s famous citizens is an interesting way of connecting to the culture.
Anyway, hope you're having a scary Halloween.