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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Day in New Orleans

St. Louis Cemetary No. 1;



A shrine to Marie Laveau (although she's buried elsewhere.)

In the city of the dead, it's lonely at the top.


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The French Quarter;



A crow on a spire at St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.

Bourbon St.

31 comments:

Tom said...

Looks like a very fun day and evening, I was lucky to travel to NO back in 1997, I just remember it being wicked HOT and HUMID!

Tom

Lisa said...

I am a cemetery junkie! Wherever I travel, I always want to see what they're like. New Orleans has some of the best (and creepiest!). I have some cool pictures from a cemetery in Kauai -- Hawaiian cemeteries are the most cheerful! When I was in Brugges, Belgium I finally had to ask where they keep the dead, which I'm sure branded me as a freaky tourist. Since the city has been there since Roman times, it turns out that cemetery plots are only leased for maybe 25 years and then the bodies are dug up and returned (or cremated). Pretty freaky, huh?

Sidney said...

Cool pics. Reminds me how long it's been since I was in New Orleans.

laughingwolf said...

very cool, thx lana

i have a 'great-granddaughter' [fictional] of marie's as one of the main characters in my screenplay... so am pleased you mention her here

Lynda Lehmann said...

Wow, such great photos, Lana! Are you traveling, or do you live near New Orleans?

I love old cemetaries. If they're not too badly vandalized, they can be such peaceful and beautiful places.

Hope all is well by you.

Lana Gramlich said...

Tom; Yeah, it's been bearable most of the year, but we're heading into the wicked hot & humid days soon.

Lisa; Lease the plots for a while & give the dead back? Ewwwwwww!

Sidney; Thanks. :)

Laughingwolf; Funky on the great-granddaughter concept. ;)

Lynda; We live near NOLA (but not as close as when Katrina struck.) My visiting friend is an avid cemetary lover, so we had to take advantage. All's well here, thanks...You?

Charles Gramlich said...

I love that Hotel California pic.

Erik Donald France said...

Rockin' shots! Got to check out the cemetery last March. That's the one near the Projects with the armored cars patrolling along the blvd? Wild place. . . . .

Britta Coleman said...

Fascinating pics. I've never been to New Orleans and I'd love to visit.

We once lived down the block from a cemetary and my sister and I would walk down and read the names, imagining stories about the people. Cemetaries, I think, are lovely places.

Demon Hunter said...

Lana,
These are simply beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. :*)

Monique said...
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Monique said...

Great guided tour. I enjoyed it tremendously

laughingwolf said...

well, ye know... intro american voodoo to yer tale, ye gotta go with some reality ;) lol

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; I like that one, too. ;)

Erik; Unfortunately lots of local cemetaries fit your description, but this is the historical one not far from a police station & the Quarter.

Britta; Cemetaries are intriguing, yes.

DH; Anytime. Glad you enjoyed!

Monique; Thank you.

Laughingwolf; I have some Voudon practitioner friends, actually.

Steve Malley said...

Lovely pix. WOnder when I'll get to go back again...

Avery DeBow said...

Beautiful photos. I love cemeteries; the money, time and art people invested in building their final resting places fascinates me.

Speaking of Marie Laveau, if you ever come across a copy of Black and White Magic, I'll give you the Architect for it. He's very well trained. Knows to go on the newspaper and everything. ;)

Larry said...

Interesting images. I have a fascination with cemeteris as well.-I like really old ones informal cemeteries.

Sidney said...

Hey, if you have time I tagged you for the Six Unremarkable Things meme. Details are on my blog.

Travis said...

I think NO cemetaries are fascinating.

Natural said...

never been to N.O. Bourbon Street looks crowded like Japan or New York. the last picture rocks, I love it.

laughingwolf said...

how cool is that, lana? :)

Sandpiper said...

A beautiful city. We visited there just before the hurricane went through.

Ello said...

Gosh it's been years since I've been back. I need to go! Thanks for the pictures they are beautiful!

Miladysa said...

What a fantastic treat!

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice sold New Orleans to me and then the Vampire Chronicles. Your photographs could do the same thing for :-D

I especially adore the ironwork - I think that shot would win a competition!

ChrisEldin said...

Lana, I've never been to New Orleans, so I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures.

I also like viewing cemetaries and feeling closer to a bit of history.

Welcome back!!!
:-)

Avery said...

Lana -- I've just tagged you for the "Six Unremarkable Things" meme. Apparently, it's going around.

Donnetta Lee said...

Great pictures, as always. I, too, love old cemeteries. Much history and many dreams. Love New Orleans. Been a while since I've been there, though.
Donnetta

Michelle's Spell said...

Absolutely stunning shots, Lana. No shock that I love cemeteries, I know, but these are amazing! Love the shrines and the light.

Lana Gramlich said...

Avery; Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for the book. That's 3 tags for that meme now. I'll get to it as soon as I'm caught up.

Sidney; Will get to it soon--still catching up on stuff right now!

Larry & Travis; I agree!

NW; Thanks. I was pleased at the last shot, too. It was one of those "what the heck" shots on our way out of town. The picture of Bourbon Street is actually pretty sparce, compared to a weekend night, of course.

Laughingwolf; Pretty cool, I guess..?

Sandpiper; I had company down not long before Katrina, too. Needless to say, I'm glad we live away from that area now (although still within driving distance.)

Steve, Ello, Christine & Michelle; Thank you!

Miladysa; Thanks! I liked that one, too. Ironically I was watching an art show on TV yesterday & the host was standing on THAT balcony. I took a few different pictures of it, I liked it so much.

Donnetta; Let me know if you ever do head this way. Margaritas on me!

Marvin said...

Some great shots of the French Quarter. It looks as if y'all made a full day of it.

Jo and I went to New Orleans on our two-day honeymoon back when Jean Lafitte was still hanging out at the local bars.

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; QUITE a full day, yes! *LOL @ your honeymoon*

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