Weekend Recap: Cemetery Walk

We have been so busy just about every weekend for what feels like months.  Actually, now that I think about it, it was actually months.  In August there were two family cookouts to go to and then Steve went away for a weekend bachelor party.  September was packed with a weekend trip to NYC with my mom, a concert, and a wedding.  I even threw in brunch with my sister.  Oh, and the month ended with our 2nd wedding anniversary so we lived it up that weekend.  October's weekends were just as hectic.  We did a lot of driving for a wedding, a family party, dinner at my dad's, a housewarming party for a friend and then Halloween in Salem.  As fun as all of that was, being a social butterfly can get a little exhausting.

November, skyline, view, Boston, city, travel

This weekend was exactly what we needed after all of that.  The weather was absolutely beautiful on Saturday.  It was sunny and dry with that New England Fall air.  We hopped on a bus over to Cambridge and spent a few hours wandering around Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Before you think that we are too creepy, Mount Auburn is a huge cemetery and green space.  It's a good place to go bird watching and you can climb the tower on the hill (a monument to George Washington) and get really great view of Boston across the river.

view, trees, fall foliage, New England

There are a bunch of famous people buried there so you can go on a scavenger hunt to find them if you want.  My personal favorite game in old cemeteries is to find as many people named Alice as I can.  It's an easy game because it's such and old-fashioned name in this country.  :)

It's getting late in the season here so a lot of the leaves are already down.  But what the trees lacked in pretty colors to look at above our heads, they made up for with TONS of crunchy leaves to kick our way through.  It's a good sound.  Ha ha!

This trip was more slow paced for the purpose of getting fresh air and chilling out so we didn't pay much attention to the history or science of it all.  But we did stop in the Visitor Center first where there is a display of how the materials used in the monuments and headstones look like as they age.  With that in mind, all I could think about what how all of the bumpy and stained marble must have looked like when they were first put in.  It must have been blinding on a sunny day when there were a lot of smoother, shinier and whiter things there.

tree, ivy, nature

As far as tourist things go in the Boston area go, this is a pretty good one.  Their website is pretty informative, if you find this at all interesting. (Mount Auburn Cemetery)  It's also a pretty short bus ride to Harvard Square, which is where we went for lunch, shopping and dinner afterwards!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


  1. Beautiful post,
    My best friend's dad died a while back and he was like a second dad to me.
    I've never been to his grave because I hate the idea of mourning over someone so physically and so formally, I remember him on a day to day basis so the idea of staring at a block of cement with a name on has always seemed strange to me - but this post has made me want to go, through all the sadness you forget how beautiful cemeteries are.

    May x


    1. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend's dad. We are all different and the relationships that we have with each person we know is different so I think that there are many ways to mourn the loss of anyone you have a connection with. Thank you so much for commenting! I do think cemeteries can be very pretty and can offer different things during different seasons.
      :) Alice