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3 Short London Cemetery Walks - Little Observationist
“Cemeteries in Bohemia are like gardens. The graves are covered with grass and colourful flowers. Modest tombstones are lost in the greenery. When the sun goes down, the cemetery sparkles with tiny candles… no matter how brutal life becomes, peace always reigns in the cemetery.” – Milan Kundera There’s a small cemetery on the north side of Putney Bridge, tucked away behind the 15th century tower of All Saints Church. I wandered in one chilly November morning to find a wooden quiet bench where I could sit and tuck into the pão de queijo I bought from nearby Tinto for breakfast, watch the squirrels darting around the trees and sip my tea before heading off on a long walk along the river to Hammersmith. There’s something intriguing about cemeteries that always draws me in: a glimpse into history through the partially sunken, roughly carved stones with dates long before that country where I grew up was even discovered, the tranquil atmosphere, the juxtapostion of life and death. And so I took some time to wander through. Every inch of the ground in one corner was covered in layers of crisp orange leaves and bit of fallen twigs, a few green weeds popping …