As much as I love exploring towns and photographing doors, I also love exploring cemeteries and French cemeteries are so interesting and different from those in the US.   During the last few visits to France, we’ve seen a chapel atop a very high hill but never explored it.  This year on one of our wanders, my s-i-l pointed the Defender up a narrow road, hoping we wouldn’t meet anyone, as there was nowhere to pull over.  Someone would have had to back up quite a distance, not an exciting proposition on a narrow, curving road with a drop-off on one side.  Trust me on this.  We’ve had to do it before!!

When we reached the top, unscathed, we discovered the Chapelle Saint-Martin de Faucogney-et-la-Mer surrounded by an extensive cemetery whose residents ranged from dates in the 1800’s to the present.  The hilltop location ensured both the ability to spot danger and to defend against it if necessary.  That day, there were only the two of us, but the view was to certainly to die for.

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© janet m. webb

© janet m. webb

© janet m. webb

Looking down at Faucogney-et-la-mer and the more modern part of the cemetery farther down.

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© janet m. webb

Alexis, a notary, born 1795, died 1878, wife Louise, and son Jules who apparently died at birth.  So many stories

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for Jo’s Monday Walk

Look up the chapel on Facebook and see some of the interesting summer visitors.

  1. Sheree says:

    Lovely photos! Great shots of the tombstones and surrounding scenery.

  2. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Dear Janet,
    that must have been a real old cemetery.
    I like the ones where they enclose a photo of the deceased. But I think that is more in the Spanish area?
    I’d be freaked out, if I would have to backtrack on a narrow road with a drop-off!
    A very HAPPY week to you!
    Claudia xo . 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    Oh, wow, a cemetery with a view!

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a stunning place for a cemetery. I love those old stones with the view as a backdrop. As you said, there are so many stories there!

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I like wandering in old cemeteries, Janet. Those views are amazing. Thanks for risking the long back-up to get those pictures.

    • You’re very welcome, Dan, although we were quite relieved not to meet anyone. There was one vehicle at the top when we arrived, but there was room enough to maneuver around, thank goodness!

  6. What a peaceful place, beautiful view

    • It was very peaceful. I think it would be a good place to visit those who’ve passed on, as you would have a sense of peace. I do wonder what the road is like in winter, though!


  7. restlessjo says:

    They are very beautiful memorials, aren’t they, Janet? Thanks for sharing such a lovely spot 🙂 🙂

  8. joey says:

    Amazing view in perfect weather! Really neat place to visit from my sofa, Janet 🙂

  9. Lignum Draco says:

    A fabulous find with views to live and die for. 🙂 You’re lucky to be discovering the real France.

    • I’ve been blessed to be able to go fairly often, usually once a year. It’s very different from being in Paris, that’s for sure! It’s a beautiful part of the country, rural and not wealthy, but very interesting. I enjoy going each time.

  10. Thank you. Only been to France once and it was on Bastille Day and I was very sick.
    Nice view! Certainly one I would love.

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