Oct 31, 2012

Published Photographs: Day of the Dead Edition

This time of year always has me thinking of Day of the Dead ((Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico. Pictured here are a medley of images that have appeared in newspapers, magazine and books. They were taken in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca and Mexico City. Patzcuaro and Oaxaca in particular are incredible places to experience Day of the Dead celebrations.

Below are some previous posts I have written on Day of the Dead that will give you some insight into this unique and wonderful way of honoring deceased loved ones.

Cemetery Vigils Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Oaxaca

Oct 21, 2012

Snickelways and Spirits in York, Yorkshire

York in Yorkshire, England has its own name for the dozens of narrow alleys and passageways that wind throughout the walled city. Dubbed snickelways many are named after prominent residents of centuries ago.

Pictured here is Lady Peckett’s Yard. It is named after Alice Peckett, the wife of John Peckett, who was Lord Mayor of York in 1701. The former mayor owned what is now the Golden Fleece, a pub and inn, which has the distinction of being the most haunted pub in the UK. Lady Peckett is said to be one of several spirits who haunts the establishment, which is a stone’s throw from the snickelway after which she is named.

Oct 10, 2012

The Ladies of Llangollen

On the outskirts of the small town of Llangollen in North Wales is Plas Newydd, which was home to the Ladies of Llangollen for 50 years. Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler and Sarah Ponsonby were Irish aristrcocrats who in the late 1880s fled their homeland for Wales rather than be married off to suitable privileged men.

Needless to say their departure was scandalous. Despite not following the norms of the upper crust the two received numerous visitors throughout the years who were intrigued by the pair. Writers William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott are among those who walked through the diminutive doorways of the cottage they redesigned in Gothic style.

Today Plas Newydd is a museum reached by a short walk up a hill from Llangollen.