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What we saw in Bellu Cemetery was NOT a vampire and other Creative Date Ideas for Couples

“Love, let’s do something fun this weekend, something exciting!”

Normally, when Monica utters these words this is my cue to break out Venn diagrams showing “fun” in one circle and “exciting” in another non-overlapping circle to illustrate that these are mutually exclusive activities. And before she gets a chance to interject “logical” and “reasonable” arguments, I remind her that one of the costs of basking in the awesomeness that comes with being married to me is my need to devote adequate whining and pouting time to each request before addressing the next. If we start throwing out suggestions willy-nilly, chaos would undoubtedly ensue.

“Besides,” I continue, “Friday is Stir Fry night, Saturday we torture ourselves into a stupor on the treadmill, and Sunday is obviously Netflixing or football.”

“You know there are enough hours in the day to do more than one thing, right?” I’m sure she means to be rhetorical, but the look on her face tells me she kinda wants to make sure we’re on the same page.

“Yup, I get it. No need to brag about your multitasking mastery. But maybe you’re forgetting the dirty dishes, and laundry and…” (I sometimes draw a blank on the rest of my househusband chores, but I’m sure there are plenty of other things I’m supposed to do.)

I finish with the coup de gras. “And of course, we have to watch 40 hours of Netflix each week if we want to get our money’s worth.”

These points may not be as persuasive as you’d think, but it’s important that we keep trying. That’s how we grow.

However, this is prime vampire hunting season. My househusband chores can wait, and as much as it pains me to slack off on Netflixing, this is the year. I can feel it. We’re gonna find Dracula.*

Now, when Monica suggests we do something fun and exciting, I’m ready with date night suggestions…

“Wanna go check out a cemetery?”

Bellu Cemetery

Bellu Cemetery, established in 1858, is not old by European standards. However, it is the final resting place for many of Bucharest’s elite and notorious. If we were going to find a vampire in Bucharest, this would likely be the place.

Once we crossed the wrought iron gate at the cemetery entrance (no fees, and all 3 guards waved us through without a second glance), we felt the temperature drop by several degrees. Monica said the cooler temps were due to shade from the trees and huge stone mausoleums, but I knew better. This was the chill of death.

We walked hand in hand down the wide cobblestone path, pausing before ornate statuary commemorating Olympic athletes, classical musicians that even I have heard of, and politicians. Monica pointed out a simple wooden cross surrounded by fresh flowers and candles. It looked so humble bordered by tall, tightly packed mausoleums on all sides. “This is the grave of a Gypsy King” was painted on the beam.

Bellu cemetery | Cheap Date Night for couples

Mausoleums in Bellu Cemetery are larger and more lavish than most of the homes in the surrounding neighborhood. This one struck me as a stretched-up and creepy tribute to the Hagia Sophia.

 

 

Is this a Nazi mausoleum?

Buried behind several more recent tombs was what looked like a neglected crypt. I recognized the symbols for the German Iron Cross on either side of the entrance and remembered that Romania allied with Germany until 1944. The door was gone. “Love, look! We can check out the inside of one of these things. Don’t you wanna know what’s inside?”

“We KNOW what’s inside these crypts. Dead people. And dead people smells.” Her playful sense of adventure was gone. “You’re not going in there.”

vampire hunter in Bellu cemetery

“Be right back!” I handed her my backpack as I scurried across a narrow path between tombs so I could look inside. From the threshold, I could make out a plaque with 4 portraits on the back wall. The names weren’t legible, but I recognized two final dates: 1937 and 1943.

I was so focused on trying to make out the details on the plaque that I nearly stepped on the body of a sparrow lying at the bottom step. How did you get here? I was amazed. No animal would leave this poor bird that intact.

 

“Hey Love! There’s a hidden staircase back here!”

“Don’t you DARE!” she shouted from the cobblestone path, not caring if anyone else heard her.

“Be right back!” I said again. There was no way I was turning back now. Besides, she was the one that wanted fun AND exciting…

The staircase was ridiculously narrow and steep. I held the camera in one hand and braced against the wall with the other. Before I reached the first turn it was nearly pitch black I had to use the flash on the camera for light. How deep does this thing go?

creative date nights for couples

By the second turn, the air was cool and damp. Musty. Fortunately, I didn’t smell that fruity pungent reek of the recently deceased, but there was an unmistakable odor of spices. I kept going but thought, this is the part in the movie where the ominous music starts and the audience begins screaming for the idiot to get the hell out of here.

There was no longer a wall on my right. I was randomly flashing pictures to see where I was going and what was around me. I’m sure the crunching sounds underfoot as I slowly felt my way down the remaining steps were just plaster that had fallen from the ceiling and walls, but my imagination had switching into overdrive. Am I walking on bones?

Monster or Madness

Then, during one of those random flashes from my camera, I saw 2 bright spots glowering back at me. I took enough time to notice that they were attached to a coal black body. My body had decided that this was more than enough “fun and exciting” and began scrambling back up the steps before my mind could process what I’d seen. The steps were so steep I was using all four limbs to scurry back up. (Those are not crushed bones I’m feeling on my hands. Definitely NOT bones.) The camera banged against the steep steps and my breath was racing. I couldn’t hear anything chasing me.

I made the last turn and light began to flood my surroundings again. Still no sound of anything following me back up. I nearly stepped on the sparrow’s corpse in my rush to get out, which caused me to trip through the doorway. It would have been better if I fell. Instead, I was caught in an awkward, flailing stumble.

I still hadn’t regained my balance. Monica rushed forward to catch me.

 

“Are you OK?” Monica asked.

“Yeah. Stairs are pretty steep, guess I got winded from the climb back up.”

“You look more than “winded.” You look freaked out.” She already made the transition from concerned spectator to playful wife. “But I guess any date that ends with you running into my arms is a success.”

 

An (Almost) Happy Ending to Date Night

I tried to explain my creepy encounter beneath the crypt. As we scrolled back through my hasty photos, I wondered if I might have captured photographic proof of a supernatural guardian. We could be as famous as the people that were abducted by aliens!

 She zoomed in on the photo and examined it closely, “Yup. That’s pretty scary. Looks like a small piece of the wall collapsed.” She rubbed the camera screen as though trying to erase a smudge. “You were running from…dirt.”

 

What the camera saw

Vampire | Bucharest | Romania | European Travel | souvenir coffee mug

What my mind saw (without the coffee mug handle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Successful date? sure.

Successful vampire hunt? Not so much.

 

*Those of you that caught my last post know that I proved Mr. Traian is actually a vampire. But I’m sure he’s not the only one…

When a househusband gets to choose date night, anything can happen. #datenight #vampire

107 Comments

  • Reply Writing to Freedom November 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

    What a hoot Gabe. I sure enjoy your wacky adventures and sense of humor. I like Monica’s answer of you running into her arms. 🙂 You have very creative date nights. Maybe that’s why you’re married and I’m single. Oh yeah, and the fact that I haven’t tried to get a date for years, but that’s another story.
    Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Do you celebrate while in Europe?

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Brad and Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you as well. Thanksgiving isn’t a very popular holiday here in Romania, but I’m learning that when it comes to making a delicious turkey (and all the traditional fixings), if we make it…they will come.

    • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany November 25, 2017 at 5:11 am

      This is a very creative date night! I am sure that my husband will be thrilled when I add vampire hunting to my list of things to do on a Sunday afternoon!

      • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

        hehehe NOW THAT IS PERFECT! *goal achieved*

  • Reply D. Wallace Peach November 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Ha ha ha. I think I would have stayed behind with Monica, but that said, you must get a flashlight and go back! I want to know what was connected to the glowing eyes? I don’t think you can catch a vampire on film, but can you on a digital camera? You did capture some skulking ghosts. What a cool graveyard and amazing mausoleums. They don’t build them like that anymore. Fun post, Gabe. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      So true Daina, they don’t build them like that anymore. This date night felt like a trip to an outdoor art museum but with more creepy excitement.

  • Reply Tara November 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Oh, our pesky minds. The tricks they play on us.
    I enjoy your journeys. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      hehehe you and I both know thats true… Our minds play too many tricks on us.

  • Reply Mick Canning November 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    No self-respecting vampire would be caught dead in a photograph, Gabe (see what I did there?). The fact there is no vampire in the picture obviously proves there WAS one there!

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      hehehe and I love your logic!

  • Reply curioussteph November 24, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Who needs a vampire when we can hijack our own senses? Loved this story!

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      So true. A good imagination is worth at least a pair of movie tickets right?

  • Reply desertcurmudgeon November 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    In your defense, Gabe, dirt is pretty terrifying.

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      hehehe I usually love dirt. But it’s gotta be fresh. “Old” dirt somehow feels more…dirty.

      • Reply desertcurmudgeon November 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

        That actually made sense to me. Mind you, I can’t explain the sense in the fact that it made sense, but there’s no sense in further analyzing the sense of it. Old dirt is dirtier. That’s just common sense.

  • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl November 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Ahahaha I loved this post. Made me think that I would do the same and try to put on this utterly nonchalant face while returning to Adi (waiting with a scowl upon his face outside the crypt and wondering why he has to live with such lunacy.) It is great that we have such sensible partners to balance out the streaks of craziness. Two crazies in a relationship would be too much, non?
    I do a Monica on Adi quite often and hear the same vapid responses 😛 As for totting up 40 hours of Netflix in a week, the two of us might give you guys serious competition. Peace out.

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Yup 2 crazies in close proximity never seems to work. And so glad to hear that the Netflix workforce has such highly capable participants!

      • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl November 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

        Keeping the Netflix faith. It could be intimidating to the less capable. But that is okay, modesty has to take a back seat here.

        • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

          hehehe reach for the stars… reach for the stars

  • Reply JT Twissel November 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the dating tips but I think I’ll pass on crawling up the stairs in a mausoleum!

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Yup me too. I think that’s one of those trips that only needs to be done once 😉

  • Reply Tom Being Tom November 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

    All I can say is, Monica is one hell of a gal, Gabe. Sometimes I wonder how the Venn diagrams of “Gabe” and “Monica” ever intersected. 😉

    But, all kidding aside, thanks for another fantastic romp through the adventurous Burkhardt life! You may not have found Dracula on this particular run, but I’ve seen sufficient proof that the crypt held some older, perhaps more severely cursed, ancestor. Varney himself? Hard to say, but any creature down that deep powerful enough glow in the dark, and not show up on camera, is truly ancient indeed. Congrats on your findings!

    I look forward to our next adventure together. You, in some dungeon, me, with my space heater, freshly-dripped coffee, monitor and keyboard. We also serve who only sit and remark!

    Godspeed, young man!

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Yup, Monica is absolutely my better half. I keep trying to remind her that I bring plenty of mirth to the mix, but it’s a hard sell when we’re surrounded by piles of old dead stuff.

      And Tom, I think your adventure-by=proxy plan sounds brilliant! I wish I would have thought of it first 😉 But since the die have already been cast, I’ll keep doing my best to make it interesting (There will be a short series on blogging tips coming up next, but after that… we’re going to relive our successful search for the Lost City of Atlantis)

  • Reply Retirementallychallenged.com November 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    A walk in an old cemetery is definitely my idea of a perfect date (does that make me weird?). I would have been tempted to walk down those stairs too, but not without a flashlight.

    That mug is pretty terrifying even with the handle.

    • Reply Gabriel November 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Janis! I thought of you (and a post you shared) as I wrote this post. I think the term was taphophile but I could be wrong. At any rate, it really did help me to appreciate the beauty in tombstone and mausoleum architecture. So thanks for that!

  • Reply jaicommunity November 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    That’s a good one. Not sure I would have been able to go with you down the stairs either. I don’t need to see any dead people; particularly of the rotting type. Good read.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Cheers Jai! And while this was a fun post to write, I have to agree, I don’t need to see any more dead people either.

  • Reply Steve Adams November 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Very funny, Gabe. Your writing is really sharp. Written that book yet?

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Cheers Steve! I’m nowhere close to finishing the novel (or Appalachian Trail memoir), but I’m far closer than I was a few months ago. Hope you’re having an amazing NaNoWriMo!

  • Reply josypheen November 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    This is hilarious Gabe!

    “Monica said the cooler temps were due to shade from the trees and huge stone mausoleums, but I knew better. This was the chill of death.” You crack me up. No wonder you convinced yourself that dirt was a monster!! 😉

    Although I do agree that cemeteries (especially slightly older, over grown ones) can be good for dates. They can be so pretty and full of wildlife.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Cheers Josy! And I’m not surprised that you’ve already discovered the romantic allure of old cemeteries!

      • Reply josypheen November 25, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        If you ever zoom over to London, I think you’d like Abney Park cemetery. If there are vampires in London I’m pretty sure that’s where they’d hang out.

        • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

          Nice Josy, I’ve added it to the list. Haven’t been to London in nearly a decade now, and I missed most of the experiences that tourists and adventurers seek out. (I’m still very disappointed that I never went to Charles Dicken’s house.) So next time we go, we’ll have plenty to check out.

          • josypheen November 25, 2017 at 9:32 pm

            I think it’s okay to miss the obvious tourist sights (the obvious tourist cemetery is in Highgate) Those places are cool but it’s more fun to search out the places that are more wacky and suit your interests.

  • Reply Didi November 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Fun to read. Especially the contrast between facts (chill tmeps, reasoning nothing scary about a mausoleum) and what a mind does to things, is what i find so good.

    At least you tried.
    In the end curiosity will always win!

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Didi! Sometimes (not always) it’s fun to be me… the interplay between imagination and reality gets blurred. When I’m around very “grounded” people like Monica, experiences that could turn out poorly usually end up as funny memories.

      Do you find the same to be true?

      • Reply Didi November 25, 2017 at 6:48 pm

        Difficult question. I was way too “grounded ” ( when you take the defination as emotionally stable , realistic) most of my life. In combinatation with, since i can remember, the too high level of feeling responsible for things, caring for other but not for me, that made i missed a lot of things, forgot my dreams and imagination (and in the end forgot who i was..i figured that out later. )
        After my depression that other part came out, i guess it had to to get me more ballanced. I embraced it, as finally I was completely me.
        And yes the way i do things now do simetimes end op poorly but you know what, its worth it as it still feels better then the way i was/acted before.
        I sometimes do need a person to keep me grounded now but more i need people to encourage to that other side I just recently found so dare to let it be a part of me again.
        Its still sometimes scary.
        Did you experience these kind of changes after depression ?

        • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm

          You certainly aren’t alone Didi. Living for others, unintentionally sacrificing your own identity in pursuit of something that is unattainable. That sounds miserable. And not surprising that depression often follows.

          However, I’m glad that beyond these struggles with depression you’re discovering new aspects of yourself that bring joy and peace, even if this process is frightening.

          For me, I’ve had so many severe funks that the pressure to be the serious professional member of society is gone. I’m beginning to enjoy being a goofy “kid” that plays too much, tries new things, makes LOTS of mistakes, and laughs at himself.

          Thanks so much for sharing so candidly Didi. It’s a genuine pleasure to have you here in the (almost) unsalvageable community!

          • Didi November 25, 2017 at 7:19 pm

            Thank you for your kind words Gabe.
            And thank you for showing your insight in these things.

            And if you are in Romanias timezone… we both might still need to learn how to take advantage of a night’s sleep.

  • Reply George November 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Brilliant! I’m glad you followed my advice and took the vampire hunt to a cemetery. And of course, that it proved such an effective date. But remember, vampires shy away from light. There’s a corner of the crypt the camera didn’t capture. Can you be sure the vampire didn’t launch himself into the shadow to escape the flash and return to face you when the darkness returned?

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:52 am

      hehehe Very true. Gotta keep looking. The good stuff is always in the last place we look.

  • Reply Ritu November 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Hmmm. Cemetery and date night… Interesting combo Lol!!!!

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Well if this makes your “interesting” list, then it really must be a good idea. Thanks Ritu!

      • Reply Ritu November 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

        👿 lol!

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now November 25, 2017 at 5:52 am

    I have to say I am jealous. That was a perfect date night. I love walking around a cemetery as people don’t talk back. Loved the mausoleums – we don’t have them in the cemeteries near me. I would have been behind you on the stairs just saying……

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

      hehehe I’m going to have to share this with Monica. Just to prove that I’m not the ONLY one crazy enough to follow the stairs…

  • Reply fancypaperblog November 25, 2017 at 6:53 am

    You are seriously brave!! I am the one outside not daring venture in…

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

      hehehe yeah I know what you mean. Haven’t had any panic attacks about being attacked by dirt yet, but it was a close call 😉

  • Reply Almost Iowa November 25, 2017 at 6:55 am

    You know there are enough hours in the day to do more than one thing, right?

    WARNING! WARNING! DANGER! DANGER!

    Never pass that point.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

      hehehe Cheers Greg! I knew you’d understand.

  • Reply the incurable dreamer November 25, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Gabe, are you insane?! I’m with Monica, DO NOT GO IN THERE. So thrilled you made it out alive and that your well-being was threatened only by a lump of dirt!

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Yay! Howdy Tanya!!!

      For us, the scariest stuff is what we carry around inside our heads. Ironically, I think its made me (a little bit) less cautious about the potential dangers in the real world. And usually makes for decent stories right?

  • Reply angelanoelauthor November 25, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I have definitely freaked myself out good and proper. So even though dirt was your scary monster in this case, you COULD have been vampire food. Evolutionary brain processes worked effectively. But, might not be what you want to have happen in a fun date with your wife! I do love that you ventured to a cemetery. Those are fractionating, if frightening, places.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

      So true Angela! The “could have beens” are often so much scarier than reality. But worth the experience.

      • Reply angelanoelauthor November 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

        I just reread my comment and realized my auto correct somehow made fascinating into fractionating. What the heck is fractionating?
        And I agree- so worth the experience! Maybe someday I’ll learn not to fill my brain with dread at unnecessary times–but being rational all the time is so boring.

        • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

          hehehe how funny! Fractionating is a cool chemistry term used to separate out impurities. Great way to get rid of the “bad stuff.” I thought it was perfect here.

          So even when auto correct is trying to thwart your brilliance, your thoughts manage to rise to new levels of insight

          • angelanoelauthor November 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm

            Oh, I love when I sound smarter than I am. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Orchard November 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Oh this looks like fun! My kids are into Ghost Adventures so they’d be up for something like this especially if it involved the idea of ghosts! 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

      hehehe haunted castles… you’ve read my mind (and predicted an upcoming post 😉 )

      • Reply Lisa Orchard November 25, 2017 at 10:09 am

        Yay! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  • Reply Simon November 25, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I love the story here, like everything is a kind game. Your scared mind plays tricks on you. I salute you for going down there though! ☺️

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thanks Simon! Your right – my mind plays a LOT of tricks on me. Gotta take advantage of the fun ones.

  • Reply dawnkinster November 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I like walking around in a cemetery with my husband, in the daylight. And I would never go inside one of those and never never never down the stairs. Ever.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

      hehehe that sounds surprisingly close to a quote from Monica…

  • Reply RhymeLovingWriter November 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You sir, do not live a boring life. 🙂 Really enjoyed experiencing this through your eyes.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Paula. This was a fun one to write.

  • Reply Jennifer November 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    While I find cemeteries fascinating to look at and my nephew is a gravedigger (actually grounds keeper at a cemetery, but they don’t just mow the lawns!) I’m not one to want to walk into a crypt! Unless there’s a well lit and guided tour.

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Your nephew has an awesome job.

  • Reply Ann Coleman November 25, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I love your posts and your sense of humor, but this is the first one you’ve written that has scared me a little bit. It may not have been a movie, but I was still thinking “Turn around and get out of there!” when you described walking down those steps. And crunching on unseen things. And especially when you saw the eyes looking back at you. Are you sure that wasn’t a vampire?

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Now I know EXACTLY how Stephen King feels. Crafting the spooky stuff is a lot of fun. But I sure hope I didn’t scare you off Ann.

      • Reply Ann Coleman November 25, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        You did not! I will be a regular reader as long as you are willing to post. But yes, I’m beginning to think you and Stephen King do have a few things in common…..

  • Reply sydspix November 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    What a cool date night! That looked like fun – too bad you could not get all the way down. Sounds like a great adventure!

    • Reply Gabriel November 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      hehehe you’re the first one that’s mentioned going even further. Sounds like you have a more adventurous spirit than I do.

  • Reply mydangblog November 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Ooh, you had me at ‘cemetery’!

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Cheers Suzanne! I knew you’d enjoy 😉

  • Reply Unbound Roots November 25, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Gabe, your stories and writing always have me smiling. I’m still rooting for you and Monica to experience your first true vampire sighting. Don’t give up! And, please keep gracing us with your entertaining adventures. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Erin. For now, I’m thrilled to have had the inimitable pleasure of dining with Dracula. It’s OK that he goes by Mr. Traian now because everyone knows his TRUE identity after failing to appreciate my irresistible guacamole!

  • Reply Lucy Mitchell November 26, 2017 at 2:07 am

    This sounds like so much fun.

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

      hehehe thanks Lucy. It was a lot of fun. Perhaps more fun to write the to live out, but I still call it a good time.

  • Reply mistybooks November 26, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Er, that’s a no from me then – I’m outside with Monica.
    In fact I don’t think I’d have gone through the gates. 😳

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

      hehehe I suspect Monica will have plenty of company.

  • Reply thebeasley November 26, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Haha. I’ll be honest I was slightly on edge reading this. There is absolutely no way I would’ve gone down those stairs. You are very brave. Well up until you ran away from a pile of dirt that is haha.

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:45 am

      I always thought I would be a somber literary writer when I grew up. But I’m beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t work a little bit harder – shoot for the stars – and become a horror writer.

      Really glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply amindfultravellerblog November 26, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Lol…too funny Gabe! Not my idea of a date night but that would be pretty exciting stuff! Real cemetery adventure right there!! 😉

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Yup – and if I know me, there’s more where that came from 😉

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson November 26, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Well you know dirt isn’t just dirt, Dracula had to bring a whole coffin full of it when he came to England, so it was obviously evil dirt you stumbled across…..Loved the humour in this post, particularly the ‘chill of death’ 🙂 It looks like a fabulous cemetery, I would have had to explore the mausoleum too.

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 7:48 am

      This is so true Andrea. I wonder if the crypt was filled with imported dirt. That would totally make sense. Dirt from someplace really really scary. Like Detroit… or Kansas 😉

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  • Reply susielindau November 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

    It’s so much fun to creep ourselves out. Sounds memorable, anyway. Ha!

    • Reply Gabriel November 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

      So true Susie. Still remember your haunted laundry machine 😉

      • Reply susielindau November 27, 2017 at 7:24 am

        Hahaha! That thing caused so much damage. We still have a painter finishing the job and the wood floor guy has a punch list. GAH!

        • Reply Gabriel November 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

          Yeessh Susie! That was months ago. That machine really is haunted.

          • susielindau November 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm

            I️t was! It’s been replaced. *fingerscrossed*

  • Reply twobrownfeet November 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Spooky stuff! 🙂 I stay as far as possible from cemeteries.

    • Reply Gabriel November 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      hehehe probably a wise decision. However, I do have to admit that this turned out to be a wonderful date.

  • Reply Arionis November 27, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Hidden stairways always offer adventure. I’m willing to bet you really did see something and it just didn’t show up on camera. I’ve always wanted to get into the miles of tunnels below Savannah, Georgia but they have them buttoned up tight. Also, remind me to tell you about the time I got kicked out of Heidelberg Castle. Let’s just say I often view “restricted” areas as less of a warning and more of a challenge. Especially when it’s just a velvet rope in my way. I mean, come on, it’s like they are practically inviting me.

    • Reply Gabriel November 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      hehehe I love this Ari. I think we would make good “adventure buddies.” However, we might need to keep our significant others close by to bail us out when the authorities feel we’ve stretched the “playful” spirit of exploration a bit too far.

  • Reply Liesbet November 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Now that is a fun, exciting, and scary date, Gabe. Well done! Cemeteries like this one are so intriguing and big, one can spend hours strolling around and exploring. I would have checked out that staircase as well, but might have changed my mind after the dead bird. A sign?

    PS: We have pizza Fridays instead of stir fry Fridays and consider our weekends precious as well. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

      I’m jealous! haven’t had pizza night for months. Maybe we can make this a Thursday thing 😉

  • Reply bedlamanddaisies November 28, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I like cemeteries, but I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to walk down any steps!

    • Reply Gabriel November 28, 2017 at 9:28 am

      hehehe I’m more foolish than brave. but this time, t made for a decent story so I guess it’s not a horrible flaw…

  • Reply Dave Ply November 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    For some reason I’m reminded of a TV show called “Grimm” we used to watch all the time (mostly because it was filmed in Portland), where the main character spent much of his time chasing down supernatural creatures (the Wesen, of which vampires could likely qualify as a subset). The last name of the lead character? Burkhardt.

    You can probably catch it on Netflix.

    • Reply Gabriel December 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Now that you mention it, I can see the connection. Parody on classic myths and superstitions set to a modern-ish theme.

      I have to confess, I watched a few shows several years ago for just that reason… Someone told me the main character’s last name was as cool as mine;)

  • Reply restlessjo December 12, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Entertainment value is always second to none, Gabe. Edge of my seat stuff 🙂 🙂 Thank heavens you lived to tell another tale.

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