Autumn this year in the Lorraine is amazingly sweet. People are all a bit giddy by the sunlight and crisp blue skies we are experiencing.
Certain plants and flowers willing to take on the frigid autumn weather adorn tombstones, leaving everything, well, colorful and festively pretty. Like a big flower party. The cemetary in Villerupt is where I go each year, and say howdy to the graves of Michel's family. It seemed especially colorful this la Toussaint.
A small village located spitting distance from the Luxembourg border, Villerupt was home to many iron works and mines active as far back as 1872.
The population of Villerupt has primarily been that of immigrants, mostly from Poland and Italy, searching for work and a better life for their families. It was, for many years, a village of people living and working alongside one another.
Villerupt is small, and the iron works and mines are no longer active. Much of the young life moved away in order to find work, but many return this time of year specifically to celebrate la Toussaint.