New Orleans, Louisiana
Last time we were in New Orleans there were a few things that I didn't make the time to do. Even with the weather roller coaster, I get out and make it happen.
Sunday morning is chilly but nice and sunny. Tessa and I visit several of the old cemeteries in town. I say old, but they are still active. They've been here for decades, and family members continue to be interred in the above-ground tombs and the wall crypts.
|Most have interments from the 1800's, some are as recent as 2016. All have "room" for many more names.|
|Not all are still in one piece.|
|Very few have any space around them like this. This beautiful crypt is definitely showing its age.|
|The unused wall crypts are bricked off. Only some of them have a shelf for flowers.|
|Unlike the more famous Lafayette Cemetery #1 that is only open for paid tours (the place of many famous interments), the rest are open to walk through.|
|When in New Orleans.|
|Some sites back up to this pretty marina - there is water between the dock and the park so not accessible.|
Could have been worse, some went out under the slide so hopefully no water damage there. The next flush gives me the dreaded "glug burp" so I know the black tank is full. A quick dump takes care of that. Soooo glad it didn't overfill back into the house!!
Monday I check more off the list under cold and cloudy skies. Marie Laveau's Voodoo Shop is closed, but the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is open. And I find a free parking spot on the next block!
|There are several altars to different saints and goddesses, all have offerings of tobacco, dollar bills, candles and other items of meaning to those who leave them. Tessa is very fascinated with the whole place.|
|Powerful ritual art throughout the museum.|
|A small tour comes in and I learn about the carved altars depicting the moods/emotions of different Loa.|
|Marie Laveau was a hair dresser by trade, and known as the most powerful Voodoo practitioner in Louisiana. The Voodoo Queen died in 1881.|
|You can't study Voodoo without Voodoo Dolls. Locked in a glass cabinet, I could not get a clear photo. Hmmm....|
|Aging ad in rich colors.|
|One of few detached structures. A beautiful vintage B&B.|
|Wrought iron and hanging ferns everywhere.|
|Many haunted buildings in the Quarter.|
|Magical gardens tucked behind dark walkways.|
|The Cathedral-Basilica of St Louis King of France watches over Jackson Square.|
|Andrew Jackson rides through the palms.|
|Gray spikes glow in the corner of the square.|
|This young man is very talented - I hope he got his equipment covered before the storm!!|
|These huge Live Oaks add to the magic.|
|A little sparkle at an art gallery.|
|Friendly front porch invites you to visit.|
|A color for everyone.|
|Tessa sees something she likes.|
|Buckets and buckets.|
|The RV park is already a river!|
|At 1 PM it is nearly dark outside. Tornado watch, small craft warning, flash flood watch, and lightning within 10 miles - yahoooo!|
Back in California, Bill is visiting with three of the boys and their families.
|With Travis and Emily|
|With Corey and Kristy|
|Jillian and Nick with Baby Mason and Maximus|
|Ezra is so excited to see his PopPop!|
|Jeff, Bill, Ezra and Brian|
|Sad face not wanting to leave PopPop :-(|
Instead, I pick him up at 11:45 when the rain has finally stopped. It's so good to have him home!!!
After five days on my own, I definitely feel safe in New Orleans. Not being in the city after dark was a big part of it. There is a lot of poverty here, but it is a proud city filled with friendly people.
Wednesday we move a few miles over the river to visit with old friends.