Thursday, October 27, 2011

Haunted destinations

In Halloween spirit I received an e-mail from Tripadvisor listing 10 haunted travel destinations. Sounds fascinating to me and once I would like to visit them. Listing them here so I can find them again when planning my trip...

1. The Tower of London
London, England
- Site of torture, execution, and murder for more than 1,000 years.

Here I have been but unfortunately did not see any ghosts. Maybe it is necessary to go back at night. Wonder if that is even possible? 

2. Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle)
Brasov, Romania
- Former home to Vlad the Impaler, widely thought to have inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.

3. The Colosseum
Rome, Italy
- Bloody gladiator shows and gory animal fights. Some hear the sounds of battle by night.

Must say, that during daytime there is no sign of this place being haunted. 

4. Charles Bridge
Prague, Czech Republic
- Said to be haunted by ten decapitated lords who roam the bridge by night.

5. Ballygally Castle
Ballygally, Northern Ireland
- Home to the ghost of Lady Isobel Shaw, whose husband let her starve to death in a locked room.

6. The Queen Mary
Long Beach, California
- More than a dozen apparitions have been recorded aboard this celebrated luxury liner.

7. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Scotland
- A phantom piper, a headless drummer, and a dog are among its ghostly inhabitants.

8. Salem, Massachusetts
- Best known for witch trials in 1692. Tourists come to see the Witch Trial Memorial and Old Burying Point Cemetery.

Ahhh, now it makes sense why the cat was named Salem in "Sabrina the teenage witch" TV show. People put so much thought into the little details and it was completely lost on me. Better late than never. At least now I appreciate it.

9. Catacombs of the Capuchins
Palermo, Italy
- Meet the mummified dead of Palermo in these spooky underground passages.

10. Rose Hall Great House
Rose Hall, Jamaica
- Said to be haunted by former owner Annie Palmer, who murdered three husbands and a succession of lovers.

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