Surrounded by story

This post is an exercise in trying something new, technically speaking. The content is old, pretty and uplifting, even though it’s from a cemetery. Italy is alive in death too.

If you click on the photo below, you will see the difference. Alert! Come back here! There are only photos there, no text.

As Sara from The Rover in Leather Jacket told me, uploading photos to my flickr account and embedding them from there would considerably prolong the life of this blog. We shall try this out immediately, with the twenty photos from the pretty and stylish Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.

I posted flowers and plants from this cemetery as well as the pyramid’s and other doors already, but it is so full of big and little details that I have enough material for at least two more posts beside this one.

Amore said: “Look at this, it’s not engraved. It’s convex. They had to remove all the rest of the stone.”

So far so good, no matter how time-consuming it is until I get the hang of it. Options are limited, though.

I love the recurrent theme of books and reading. I mean really, what else can one do when dead?

I love the “anything goes” feel of it, the languages, the symbols, the religions. Crosses still prevail.

Somebody liked horses. And another Milan’s Cathedral (at least I suspect this is what it is).

There is surprising tenderness.

And then an image rolled in that struck a chord and I still wonder why it looks so familiar.

Mr. William made this for his wife Emelyn. It is called “Angel of Grief”. Maybe it’s their surname that rings the bell. It is “Story”.

Maybe I just remember it from a Faith No More album cover (nahh, I checked). Or maybe this is how I feel when I’m really really tired.

And now click on the photo below and you should be able to view the photos again on flickr in peace without my babbling. And imagine all the stories.

We are surrounded by story.
—Alice McDermott

Photo: © signature mmm

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Ah, that weeping angel got me wondering too. It seems William Story’s original “Angel of Grief” sculpture (the one you photographed in Rome) has inspired many replicas around the world. One of them is apparently in a Portuguese cemetery, a revisit is in order!

    – Verne

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    1. Thanks, Verne. Yes, I read that too just earlier, about replicas, not about Portugal. It was a strange sense that I’ve seen it already. But as I say, it may have been in a mirror in some other era. 😀

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  2. mz&cho says:

    Cemeteries are sad but they have hundreds of stories to tell; that is what makes them so interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Mz&Cho. It’s amazing how in Italy they are not sad at all. So much beauty and life.

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  3. Olga says:

    What a beautiful cemetery! Your photography has really done it justice. Wonderful close-ups. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Olga. I love it there! So many things to discover. 🙂 I have at least one post in mind with epitaphs on the graves.

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  4. Wonderful cypress trees…thanks for sharing this place.

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    1. You’re welcome, Michael, and thank you for what appears to be your first comment on my blog. In Italy they love cypress trees. They are everywhere, not just in cemeteries.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    I love visiting cemeteries and I really love your photos. I used to link to my photos on Flickr, but since Verizon bought Flickr, I’m no longer comfortable having my photos marked as public. That gives Verizon rights that I wasn’t comfortable with.

    I pay for a premium plan, and I reduce the size of my photos before uploading. I am about halfway through my space, but WordPress seems to have lowered the price on the next level. In any case, I’m not worried yet.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. When you still linked from there, were you able to set up a gallery? I’m missing that most of all. I don’t know what Verizon is and wonder about the rights that you mention. As for paying to have a blog – I must never do this. It would be like paying to have a job. 😉 And I’m glad you’re not worried about your room.

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      1. Dan Antion says:

        Verizon is a US-based telecom company. They are somewhat well known for abusing the rights of their customers. You might be protected better by EU regulations, but here in the US, it was scary. It appears that, if your photos are available to the public, Verizon and their partners can use them for free.

        I was running out of room with the free plan. The premium is an annual fee but it seems reasonable.

        I was not able to organize Flickr photos into a gallery 😦

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  6. dweezer19 says:

    I love cemeteries and this one has amazing architecture. The cemeteries in New Orleans are like this. So much history..

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Ohh, I’d love to visit New Orleans one day!

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  7. I find cemeteries peaceful. This cemetery in Rome feels very serene with lots of greenery and beautiful statues. It’s a lovely spot to remember loved ones or to honor those from the past even if we don’t know them. Your photos bring it to life.

    Like Dan, I upgraded my WordPress account to gain extra storage space and eliminate advertisements on my blog. The cost was reasonable. Starting a new blog feels like too much work to me, so I threw money at the future problem. 🙂
    Donna

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    1. Thank you, Donna. It’s a beautiful oasis in the bustle of Rome. I’m not saying that it’s expensive at all, for me it would be just counterproductive. Like eating and having your cake, just opposite: paying in order to be allowed to work. 😀

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      1. I understand, Manja. We all gotta do what we gotta do to make ourselves happy. Luckily it’s different for each of us or we’d all be fighting over the same piece of cake. 🙂
        Donna

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  8. I like the photos, I love your words.

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    1. Ohh, Claudia, so good to see you around. Yesterday I was thinking how silly of me to postpone going through your blogs just because I want to start where I finished – at least two months ago now. Instead I could also leave a sign of life now and again, I know. Anyway, it will be a real treat when it happens. ❤

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  9. wow, Manja, impressing series of photos. Calm and peaceful.

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    1. Thank you for the wow, Markus! Yes, so calm, I thought that too. A place to chill.

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      1. On monday I was at the Novodevitshi Cementary in Moskau, where all the russian famous poets, politicians and so are buried. Wonder weather and light… …and all that calm of that place was absorbed by my mood. ..and know I found it in your photos again. Wunderschön, Manja. 🙂

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      2. Grazie, Markus! I’m so glad you got to feel this mood too, first in that cemetery, and then on my post.

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      3. It’s such a nice mood, that not everybody can understand, because mostly a cementary is associated with suffering. …but the mood at your blog is always fun!!! 😀 😀

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    OH MY GOD, WOW! This is the first glimpse I’ve seen of an Italian cemetery that wasn’t above ground in mausoleum style. There is just so much detail clustered together. I could roam around for hours in here – so. many. stories!!

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    1. Yeah, Joanne, thanks for the enthusiasm! It’s a place to return over and over, truly.

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  11. spanishwoods says:

    I have always loved visiting cemeteries. These are beautiful images.

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    1. Thank you very much. 🙂

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  12. Such a lovely place. Beautiful photos, too. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Farmgirl! 🙂

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  13. fkasara says:

    Glad I could be helpful in some way! ❤
    I read the comment of Dan above and if you’re afraid of Verizon using your public photos, save them as “private” and then when clicking “share”, use the option of the guest-pass: you will be able to share them here, but they won’t be public on Flickr.

    I love this cemetery. If you ever visit Genoa, make sure to visit Staglieno Cemetery, which is monumental and amazing. I think the weeping angel you posted evokes you something, because a similar one from Staglieno was used as the cover of an album of Joy Division! It’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and the grave is “Tomba Ribaudo” from Staglieno.

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    1. Thanks again, girl, it works well! Just had another post done in this way. I guess our photos are public on our blogs too and everybody can steal them if they really want to. But good to know, just in case. Great to know about the Genoa cemetery also, sooner or later I’ll get there too, haven’t been yet. And I had a look at the Joy Division album cover – not really that much similar. But since I posted this, I found the exact same Angel of Sorrow on one book cover already. I guess it goes around…

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      1. fkasara says:

        Indeed, that’s the risk of the Internet! Everything is out there!

        Yep, it’s not the same pose, but I thought maybe it was the one! Personally the angel you posted reminds me of the weeping angels from Doctor Who 😅 But I’m a nerd 😂

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  14. joey says:

    It’s an exceptional collection of beauty. Much of the sculpture is expressive, moving, soft. Unlike most American markers.

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    1. Thank you, Joey. Plenty of emotions there indeed, and not even most of them sombre. I’m saving the best for the last – inscriptions…

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  15. Oh, this makes me want to go back! So, so much to see – some I remember – we clearly had the fast track look about… ❤ "I love the recurrent theme of books and reading. I mean really, what else can one do when dead?" Indeed!!!

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    1. Oh yes, Liz, we were in a hurry, it was the first location of the day. 🙂 But one could spend there hours and hours… We’ll return! And thanks.

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  16. All that work that went into those sculptures. And that convex text! Reminds me on Recoleta in Buenos Aires

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    1. Thanks, SMSW. Buenos Aires is waiting for me, I can feel it… and tango. 🙂 And the convex text is just something amore would notice and I never would… I think our set-ups are diametrically opposite. 😀

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      1. It sounds like something my hubby would notice too

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  17. Oooh! She is certainly the same angel that I saw in Metarie Cemetery in New Orleans. I love this whole post. Your photos are wonderful and I am also tempted to gaze at a cemetery and imagine all the stories.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal, I’m glad you love it. I remember reading that there are more statues like this one in the world and I’m glad you found another. This is a magical cemetery. And they have a pyramid as well. 🙂

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      1. I’ve never been to Rome. I’ll have to remember this for when I do.

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