Eram quod es, eris quod sum (I was what you are, you will be what I am)

I have always liked to walk in cemeteries; one thinks more accurately there. I usually don’t stay long, just a few steps, and then I choose a monument at random and fix my eyes on the inscription. I know that I will not be disturbed: people are rather discreet in cemeteries! In the shelter of the big trees and the dead, one becomes harmless. Like when I was a child, I do the subtraction (year of death minus year of birth) and say to myself: this is the only thing that counts: what you do in between. If I were to write a generic micro travel guide, a visit to the local cemetery would certainly be part of it. Cemeteries are often beautiful and interesting places to visit for many reasons: a place of individual and collective memory, a place of history and art (funerary architecture), a place of rest – also for the living! – a place where one often finds a variety of plant and animal species. Cemeteries are places of daily life to be reappropriated to walk one’s child or to pray, to reflect or to remember, to rest, to read, or to write (an article for a micro travelling blog, for example!). It’s also a place to meet regulars, walkers or people who irregularly come to visit the graves of their families. Not to disturb the peace of the dead does not mean that life should be banished from these places! Cemeteries are places of life!

Daniel Burnier

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