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Nocturne (September 2012)

10pm on the Ohlsdorf Cemetery: The Hamburger Symphoniker are performing works by Richard Wagner, Igor Strawinsky, Manuel de Falla, Simon Stockhausen, and Luigi Nono.

Viennese Cemeteries (April 2008)

Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof (central cemetery), second largest European cemetery by area and largest by the number of interred, isn’t located centrally at all, but in the outskirts of Vienna in Simmering. Tourists taking the S-Bahn to the Zentralfriedhof should consider stopping over at St. Marx for its much smaller Biedermeier cemetery. Especially when the lilac blossoms in April/May, even the traffic noise from the nearby road does nothing to break the enchantment of this Hortus conclusus. (Camera used: Pentax K10D)

Rome: Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri (June 2002)

At the edges of ancient Rome lies the Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri, the cemetery for those of some other than the Catholic faith, or no faith at all, many of them strangers whose life happened to end in Rome. Here are the graves of Keats and Shelley, Antonio Gramsci and Julius August Walter von Goethe (identified only as “Goethe Filius” on his headstone). The area next to the pyramid of Gaius Cestius is also a cat sanctuary where stray cats are fed, vaccinated and sterilized by a group of cat-loving volunteers. (Camera used: Fuji FinePix 6900)