Laurel Hill Cemetery on film :: part 1 - The Dainty Squid

Laurel Hill Cemetery on film :: part 1

Thursday, November 14, 2013

At the end of October I traveled to Philadelphia on my first big solo road trip. It's about a 7.5 hour drive and I thought that was more than worth it to explore a new city and to see my favorite band. Long story short, the trip didn't go as planned and I didn't have all that great of a time. I managed to not visit any of the museums I had planned to go to and spent the majority of my time in the city looking for somewhere other than the place I had booked to stay. It was all a biiiig headache. I guess it's not really something I want to talk about but I will say that I learned a lot about traveling by myself and I know that on my next trip to a big city alone I'll be much more prepared.

One of the highlights from my trip was visiting Laurel Hill Cemetery. I had a few cemeteries in Philly on my list of places to visit but after at least five people recommended I go there I made it my top priority. I arrived in the area way before check in time at my airbnb so I headed straight to the cemetery. Oh my goodness. It took my breath away.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is without a doubt the most beautiful cemetery I have ever been to and believe me, I've been to a lot of cemeteries. I shot six rolls of film on my trip to Philadelphia and at least four of them were from the cemetery. It was so incredibly hard to choose which ones to share so I actually have a second post of photos from Laurel Hill coming soon.
xoxo

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20 thoughts

  1. i think you'd really love the parisian cemeteries! ;)

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  2. That's too bad about your trip, but at least you had this as a highlight!

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  3. Whoa, it looks beautiful! It looks a little like Pere Lachaise in Paris (I went there in November last year; it's completely amazing - http://www.akaihane.co.uk/post/45984840350/pere-lachaise-cemetery-paris), so I'm guessing they are maybe from the same time period? They really don't do graveyards as they used too! Modern ones just don't seem to have the same ... well, warmth is kind of a fitting word for it, but also kind of not :D Love getting a chance to see these American cemeteries.

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  4. Not sure if you have ever visited England or ever plan to but if you are ever over this way you HAVE to visit the Highgate Cemetery. I am yet to visit myself but it looks incredible and I think it would be right up your street! :) x

    http://highgatecemetery.org/

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  5. It's definitely hard to travel, let alone by yourself. So sorry the trip didn't go as planned :( Those pictures are amazing and that cemetery is absolutely breath-taking. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Sorry you had a bad trip to Philly! :( At least you got to see your favorite band and you got these gorgeous photos! I think this just went to the top 5 places for me to visit when I go back to Philly. So pretty!

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  7. Wow, that's gorgeous! Although where I live is full of cemeteries, I've never seen that many mausoleums or tombs in one place. Really gorgeous, though. The amount of thought and money put into their passed away loved ones is amazing!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  8. This is truly magnificent! I cannot wait to see the second post. x

    Melissa
    http://wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh no, I hope you didn't get a bad impression of the city! Eep! Glad you atleast got to check out one place you liked.

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  10. You would love Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta! It is fantastic.


    Emily
    eageremily.blogspot.com

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  11. What a bummer. Earlier in the year I flew to the East Coast to see Texas is the Reason and I actually spent more on a hotel in Philly than NYC & DC combined. I was nervous about how cheap and how many bad reviews my DC hotel had but it was totally fine. (I was barely there too) I didn't want to dick around in Philly though since that city can be really spotty when it comes to places you don't want to be alone in at night. Philly can be hard if you're new there and alone. Even as a seasoned vet of travelling I still sometimes have glitches too. I always look at my "place to stay in town" as a storage spot for my suitcase/computer since I'm usually out until dawn anyhow :)

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  12. Mausoleums are so rad!
    Your pictures are great!

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  13. Gorgeous!

    I'm sorry your trip didn't go well but at least it sounds like you've learned a lot for next time.

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  14. Oh my, what a breathtaking place. I will definitely have to pay it a visit.

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  15. Oh wow, these headstones are something else. That lion! Sad your trip didn't go to planned, but you definitely have a heap of great photos to show for it.
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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    i am now a follower. i just love this space.

    ~e~

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  17. You must make your way to Cincinnati and visit Spring Grove Cemetery!

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  18. So happy that you were able to capture a bit of this cemetery and show it to us! I've been to a lot of cemeteries too, and I've never seen one so filled with statues and tall gravestones! Thank you for sharing this.

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  19. This cemetery gave me chills. In the best way possible! I spend a lot of time in cemeteries. They certainly are hauntingly beautiful.

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  20. I'm sorry you didn't have a good time in my city :( I run my Laurel Hill Cemetery almost every day. It's special, isn't it?

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