French Quarter, part two: Ironwork, Voodoo, and Tombstones
The thing that caught my eye right away in the French Quarter was all the ironwork. I spent most of my time there looking up at the porch railings, window coverings and various doors and gates. There seems to be an unending variety of styles. Here are a few:
There was so much of this stuff, I could have stayed there for a couple weeks and still found more…I think I can add iron lace to the inanimate objects that I might be in love with!
All that walking and photo taking made us hungry pretty much at the right time. Just as we were heading down a street that looked like it had more restaurants than bars, we both decided we were hungry. Just like breakfast, The Coffee Pot seemed like iconic Nwaulins. It looked like it had been there for at least 100 years, but it was obvious that someone had done some serious decorating to keep the old world look fresh. In any case, it was authentic cajun food…good for Sam, not so good for me. I forget what I had for lunch (something with red beans and rice, which were perfect) but dessert was homemade red velvet cake. Sam had real, made by auntie so and so, soaked in rum, bread pudding. I loved the way this place looked and felt.
Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo Shop
After lunch the crowds had really picked up, so we just wandered aimlessly, trying to avoid bumping into anyone who might be just a little tipsy. We did come across a few interesting sights:
You get the point. New Orleans definitely vibrates to the beat of a different drum. Now, on to the cemetery!
St. Louis Cemetery
There are three of these above ground cemeteries in New Orleans. The rumor is that they are above ground due to problems with the water table. Apparantly it is also true that big tombstones on top of the ground are a tradition in France and Spain. In any case, some famous people are buried here: wealthy landowners, politicians, and one famous voodoo priestess,Marie Laveau. I thought it was interesting that Nicholas Cage will also be spending his afterlife there.
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