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Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Much Desired Cemetery Post!

After having breakfast at our hotel we headed in a taxi across town to St. Louis Cemetery #1...the oldest cemetery in New Orleans.

Because New Orleans has no bedrock and lots of water they must bury on top of the ground. Each of these tombs belongs to a family. They put a body in and it can not be opened for one year and one day. The sun "cremates" the bodies and when the tomb is needed again the remains are pushed to the back.
We visited Marie Laveau's tomb. She was a voodoo priestess and her tomb is the second most visited tomb in the US. People visit and leave tokens and some make requests and mark 3 Xs on the side.

This lady came up to the tomb laid her hand on the side and seemed to be praying. She kissed the side and left. Poor misguided soul...

This cute furbaby was making a stop by the cemetery. Check out her unicorn horn!

I found a McDonalds and had to try out their SWEET TEA! Yum!

Lil Sis fell in love with this dog painted by George Rodrigue...I think I said that before...but it is SO cute and you can see it EVERYWHERE! These were on the side of a hotel.

This ceiling was gorgeous...if you look closely on the back wall you can see where it is located...ARBY'S!

We all took a Cajun Encounters Swamp tour today too. We spent 2 hours in the swamps. So relaxing and beautiful!

We got to pet a baby alligator. It's name is Sushi.
We finished the evening with dinner at the Cheesecake Bistro...yuck!...not to be mistaken with Cheesecake Factory!
Now we are packing and getting ready to leave in the morning. I have enjoyed my stay in New Orleans and the time we have had with Lil Sis.
Please keep us in your prayers for a safe trip home.

23 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

We have Blue dog paintings (prints) all over our house!

Not amused by Sushi. Not at all.

Kaci said...

Have a safe trip home!!

Leslie said...

Wow, what a great trip!

But on another note, we are counting down the days to New Moon too. We have a group of 33 going! Can you believe it?

laterg8r said...

love the cemetary :D

Pam said...

I loved visiting the cemetaries in New Orleans.

Unknown Mami said...

Wishing you a safe trip home.

The Momster said...

I remember touring the cemetery when I went to New Orleans as a senior in high school... thought it was freaky! Everytime they show it in a movie "I've been there!"...drives the home bananas nuts!

Be safe coming home...love the pix!

Becky said...

That is SO interesting! They really put bodies in there and the sun does the cremating, and after one year and one day they can put another family member in there???

Crazy!

That looks like SUCH a fun trip:) What a time...to be off with just your sister...How fun!!!!

kado! said...

did not know that about the cemeterys in New orleans....so what happens if a family member dies before the one year and one day is up? Or if there is a car accident and two or three family members die at one time?

i ♥ mcd's sweet tea!

Creative Mish said...

That cemetery would be great to visit. There are alot of strange people there... and I love that the baby is named Sushi! LOL!

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous pictures!

Sonya said...

The cemetery is so different looking and the way they bury is really different.

Im so loving Sushi!

Twincerely,Olga said...

what cool pics!!! thanks for sharing! hope you have a safe trip home! stop by

DV-Becca said...

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN EVERYWHERE!!! Aren't you home yet?? LOL- I am sending you energy to keep up!

Frau said...

great pictures I have never been there and would love to visit. Safe travels!

OceanDreams said...

Have a very safe trip home, I enjoyed learning about the grave yard and swamps?! Wow, you went a little bit of everywhere! I like the alligator picture, never thought I would say this but he is kinda cute!

OceanDreams said...

Oh and I love the horse, aka unicorn, that is so cute!

Mrs4444 said...

This post was fascinating and educational! I'm curious as to why you described that woman as "misguided" ?

Joanna Jenkins said...

It looks like a wonderful vacation. Thanks for taking the time to give us a tour. New Orleans is a great town. Safe travels home.
xo

Mrs4444 said...

Okay, I get it now! I missed the fact that she was leaning on the voodoo lady's tomb!! Thanks for letting me know!

Kerrie said...

I loved this fun and informative post! I would like to visit Savannah GA someday. I love all the rich history in the South. Kerrie in SC

M-Cat said...

Whew....jus got caught up on all your 'naw leans posts! Funy that I can remember being in some of those exact places.

I'm glad you had such a great time, and hoping you have a safe return!

Cherie said...

Hey Scrappy!! Glad you made it to the cemetary - So freaky!! And that lady - You are right misguided soul. Holy Cow!
Love the unicorned horse and the baby alligator - why are they so cute when they are little?
And the post below the guys picking his ear hairs...SICK!!

Hope you have a safe trip home it was fun to join you on vacation!