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Creepiest Places in Travel

Posted on: October 29, 2010

In honor of Halloween weekend, here are some thoughts on a few of the creepiest places in the world, at least in my book!

Accommodations: The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast wins hands-down in this category!  I can’t even stand to watch it being featured on TV, let alone visit or spend the night there!

Sightseeing: Westminster Abbey is at the top of my list.  It is a beautiful place, but definitely has some creepy elements.  When I was 18, we were standing over the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I and Bloody Mary listening to the tour conductor’s commentary.  As I was staring at the intricately-carved, life-sized stone replicas of these two figures that adorn their tomb, my mother whispered “Would you dare spend the night here alone?”  Yikes!

Sterling Castle in Scotland is another of my top picks for creepy places.  Given Scotland’s history, it’s easy to see why the monarchs would have wanted to protect themselves, but this takes the cake.  Sterling Castle itself is a white-grey fortress-type building that seems to blend perfectly into its misty gray surroundings.  It sits atop a rocky mountain that is so steep that an angry king or queen could very likely have forced someone to the edge of the cliff and caused them to fall to their death!

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History has an exhibit of First Ladies’ Inaugural Gowns.  That exhibit gives me the creeps because most of the gowns are displayed on life-like mannequins made to look like the First Ladies, and the eerie blue lights in the darkened room only add to the spookiness.  I used to visit often, and I couldn’t stand the fact that the layout of the museum was such that I had to walk through that room every time.  I have to wonder if Abigail Adams is upset that her gown hangs on a headless body form!

Happy Halloween!




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