While attending school in Biloxi, I decided to venture out to New Orleans, since I hadn’t been there since 2006. Despite the many tales you hear regarding crime and safety concerns about New Orleans, I am quite fond of the city.
If you do decide to visit, park by Woldenburg Park. There is a big parking lot there, where you pay by the hour. (They even have an app, so if you get caught up shopping, you can feed your meter from your phone!). I don’t know if there’s a name for the parking lot. It’s on Decatur Street, inbetween the intersections of Decatur/St Louis St and Decatur/Toulouse. I’m horrible with driving directions, so just bring it up on Google Maps, lol.
What is your favorite spot there?? Here are a few places I visited while in New Orleans:
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Location: 425 Basin St. New Orleans, LA 70112 (Basin and St. Louis Streets)
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm / Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm / Closed Mardi Gras day
My absolute favorite place to visit is the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. However, I was rather disappointed to learn that you now require a tour guide to be guided through the cemetery – all thanks to vandalism. Thankfully, there was a tour guide across the street (cost: $20). She was a native of New Orleans and was very nice and knowledgeable. I don’t know why this is my favorite place in New Orleans; it’s not like I am morbid and have a fascination with seeing final resting places of dead people. (for the record – cemeteries are full of history and are interesting). I felt immediately drawn to the place during my first visit in 2004. It’s the oldest cemetery in existence in New Orleans, having been established in the late 1700s. I want to blame the movie Interview With the Vampire for my fascination.
Marie Laveau’s tomb is always interesting. I always wondered why her tomb was marked with XXX. Just with many things in life, there are many variations on the story behind the XXX’s. One is to knock three times (to wake the Queen of Voodoo from her sleep of the dead) upon the face of Marie Laveaus’ tomb. Mark the tomb with XXX in chalk or brick. Then knock three times again and then make your wish. Finally, you must leave an offering. Another variation is to draw an “X” on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, yell out your wish, and if it was granted, come back, circle your “X,” and then leave Laveau an offering. I did not and do not plan on trying either method, so I cannot vouch for their validity.
Museum of Death
Regretfully, no photos to share from this place – no photography allowed.
I could have easily spent a few hours in here, but my wander lust for the city was strong that day and I merely just perused the displays. They warn that their stuff is not for the faint of heart. I had absolutely no trouble. However, I would advise against bringing in your children.
They have letters and artifacts from murderers and crime scenes. They have a suicide kit from Dr. Kevorkian. Lots and lots of interesting things. Check it out, if you can stomach it. 😉
www.voodoomuseum.com (Site broken – I found an info link here)
Address and Phone Number:
724 Dumaine St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
This was a very neat place to visit! You enter the building and are greeted by their gift shop. See someone at the counter to enter the museum part. It’s not huge, nor does it have a lot of room. But where the museum lacks in space, it makes up for in history. Tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter, here you’ll learn many of the mysteries, legends and traditions of voodoo.
(pictures coming soon)
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 565-8027
(Between St. Louis and Toulouse Streets in the heart of the French Quarter)
$4.00/students & seniors
Free/children under six
Another place where one can easily spend over an hour! On the first floor, fill your brain by learning about questionable medical practices, read about methods of medical administration, and explore the cases of perfumes, cosmetics, surgical instruments, opium, voodoo potions, patent medicines, and more. Then venture up to the second floor where you can learn about living quarters for people such as pregnant women and their midwives, Dr. J. William Rosenthal’s Spectacles Collection, a collection of bottles and more.
(pictures coming soon)