|On the trail of Dracula at Whitby Abbey, England|
|In search of the elusive Monster of Loch Ness, Scotland|
During the same trip, I visited the restaurant in a building once owned by the man who inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write his Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
|A Jekyll and Hyde-like character once inhabited this building in Scotland|
One site well-known to fans of the Nosferatu films is the salt warehouses in Luebek, Germany. They harbored the evil Count Orlok as he fed upon an unsuspecting German city. They look eerily similar to the way they did in the 1922 classic, except the windows are repaired. They now house a posh boutique.
|These buildings in Lübeck, Germany harbored the plague-bearing vampire in Nosferatu|
Farther south in Europe, one can follow in the footsteps of Hannibal Lecter, as he made Florence a temporary hide-out in the 2001 film, Hannibal. Even though the boar statue Il Porcellino plays a sinister thematic role in the film, it's actually a landmark beloved by tourists hoping for good luck, and I had to get up pretty early in the morning to get a photo alone with it.
|The footsteps of Hannibal Lecter in his 2001 film led me to this much adored statue in Florence, Italy|
One of my favorite spooky places, however, is much closer to where I live. It's the churchyard at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving wrote that the headless horseman begins his witching hour rides from this location in New York State.
|Washington Irving wrote: The horseman "tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard" in Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA|
Just feeling nostalgic for these lovely but foreboding places. Safe travels everyone!