A few years ago, I told my family that when I die, I want to be cremated and my ashes scattered in the Mediterranean Sea.

But that was before I discovered the Cambria Cemetery in Central California.

Hidden in the hills behind the small village of Cambria, surrounded by huge Monterey Pines, wild flowers, and wildlife, this cemetery has been the final destination for many Cambrian residents since it was established back in 1870.

It’s got to be one of the most peaceful cemeteries in the world.

It’s also one of the most creative and artistic.

Reflecting the personalities of its residents (and their families), many of the cemetery’s gravestones are decorated with fun, colorful, and even musical objects.

Many even have uniquely handmade benches and chairs alongside the gravestones.

Here the dead are not forgotten. Instead, they are warmly embraced.


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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.

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