Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

The past weekend was a four day holiday here because of el Dia de Todos los Santos falling on a Tuesday.  My family and I went camping in the garden of the house where my mother-in-law grew up.  The town is very small and peaceful, with recent electricity, and very little mobile phone coverage; you have to go up a hill outside of town.

About fifteen minuets drive outside of town, in the middle of no where is the cemetery where my husband’s grandfather is buried.

Hidden.

The cemetery is on hill overlooking the hacienda that was there before the town.

The cemetery is old and we found graves from the 1920’s as well as many small graves that no longer showed their names.

Cementerio de Carrizalillo

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9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

  1. Patti Kuche says:

    Hidden maybe but certainly not forgotten and so touching . . .

    • Thanks, it was quiet moving watching the people clean and tend to the graves. It was misty and very wet, and the way it is perched on the hill makes it feel very unreal.

      • Patti Kuche says:

        I remember holidays in rural France at this time of year when visits to the loved ones in cemeteries were ritual, tending to the graves with floral tributes maybe, but the love, tenderness and memories said more than words ever could. As you say, unreal but how surreal?
        BTW, where in the world is this poignant hill, if I may so ask?

      • The nearest town is where my mother-in-law grew up, Carrizalillos, which is a couple hours north of La Serena. But if you didn’t know about the cemetery you wouldn’t find it. There are no signs, you just turn left off the road that goes out of town…

        Even the town of Carrizalillos isn’t well know. The next town South along the coast is Punto Choros which is more popular with tourists because of the local dolphins. Ten years ago there wasn’t a good road between the two towns, now that there is it is easier to get to Carrizalillos.

        The town grows olives. My husband’s family still have a house and part of the communal olive orchard, along with cousins and family stories, and a lot of history. It was great camping and listening to my mother-in-law tell me about life in the town when she was a girl. I might do a later post about the town.

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    A very interesting place and a holy place.

  3. jakesprinter says:

    Great shot there are always hidden things happen in that kind of place
    everywhere 🙂

  4. Maggie L R says:

    Cemetaries are very different in Chile than they are in Canada.I love the colours. Great post for hidden and very interesting.

    • Yes, it is interesting to see how different cultures bury their dead. In Coquimbo, (which is next door to La Serena) there is an old British graveyard from when British sailors travelled to Chile. It looks and feels just like a British cemetery, very strange to see here.

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