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Archive for May, 2007

Rio nell’Elba

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This desolate cemetery is outside Rio nell’Elba, on the island where Napoleon lived out his exile. I remember Rio from many, many years ago as very poor and somewhat bleak and unfriendly—very different in atmosphere from Portoferraio, the lively little capital city of the island. Things have looked up for Rio in the years since my visit. The village now has its own Web site and apparently has a good tourist business judging from the hotels and restaurants listed.

Photograph by Passante.

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City of the Dead I

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The rows of large above-ground vaults in New Orleans cemeteries look like streets of houses, so the cemeteries are referred to as “Cities of the Dead.” This city of the dead is St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery.

Photograph by Passante.

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Tomb of an Exile

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Dante Alighieri spent the last years of his life in Ravenna, exiled from Florence. I synopsized the circumstances of his exile and showed his monument in Florence’s Santa Croce church on February 5.

Dante rests in this tomb in Ravenna. The oil for the eternal flame that burns at his grave is supplied by the city of Florence.

Photograph by Passante.

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Au Revoir, Mon Cher

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Somewhere between Rouen and Giverny, a small French countryside cemetery beckoned. Regrettably, there wasn’t time to take many photos. The one thing that impressed me was that all the flowers on the graves were ceramic. Not a plastic flower in the place.

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