World Cup and a cemetry

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Highgate Cemetry London

On the weekend prior to leaving to tour we use the time to go to Highgate Cemetry West.  Take the tube and get off where the web site for Highgate suggests and walk up the hill and through a park on a hot sunny day.  The west section is the overgrown section and visitors are only allowed in as groups of no more than 12 with a guide.  These groups leave hourly and we were there 45  mins before the next departure to get a place in a group.  It is a magical and wild place to be and each guide has their favourite stories to tell about selected graves.  The East side has lots of visitors as notables such as Carl Marx are buried there but I really recommend the West.  As you are taken through the tangled, overgrown graves on the safe routes, the history unfolds and we learn the fashions in burials and the religious observances.  The not so safe areas might mean that tourists might disappear into a caved in grave!!  This part of the cemetry is sold out so very few burials take place these days though some still do.

Of course we have to stay in London the next day ( Monday) as well, as Australia are playing a World Cup Soccer game which they win, so all is well.  Vacuum out the van and repack it ready to take off next day.

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Highgate Cemetry London
Highgate Cemetry London
The Lion resting
The Lion resting
the overgrown walkways
the overgrown walkways
the faithful dog
the faithful dog
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photo by: ulysses