There is so much to see there I can't think of where to begin. OK as soon as I stepped out of the car I saw signs showing you where to head to see the resting place for Margaret Mitchell. I also noticed headstones in many shapes and sizes. There were huge (and some not so huge) mausolea in a variety of styles in just about any direction. Some of these permanent residences have all the best including stained glass from Tiffany. The mausolea and other stones were decorated with a variety of symbols. Inverted torches simply a funerary symbol means that the life is gone but the soul (the fire still burning) lives on in eternity. If you see an inverted torch with no flame that means just that the lifetime is over. On the same monument where I saw the crossed, inverted torches I saw a death's head. This is a skull, head, or face that is winged. There are many forms of this symbol found internationally. I saw a lot of urns and found that to be curious cremation was not popular (or was it done at all???) in the nineteenth century. The draped urn was a popular ornament for a grave in the late 1800's. Rarely (if at all) during that time did they ever contain ashes yet they are there on many stones and other monuments. I see on the
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Oh and the getting up early thing I do it more than I care to admit (especially in winter with those darn short days). I love to get up before sunrise when we are at the beach walk down to the sand and wait for the sun to come up (with my camera of course). There are always a handful of people and a couple dogs up and out at that time of day.