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New Year’s Travel Resolutions

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In the hustle and bustle of the passing year, it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to take some time to do a little traveling. Unless finances are keeping you from it, there’s really no need to forgo traveling—even if it means a quick weekend getaway to somewhere close by. Traveling gives you the opportunity to recharge your batteries, to see and experience new places, to try new foods and create memories that can last a lifetime. Here are a few New Year’s travel resolutions for 2014 that you can add to your list.

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Art for Art’s Sake – October 1st, 2011

New Orleans has two major art nights a year; White Linen Night, aptly named, is held in the summer and Art for Art’s Sake occurs in the fall. Many of the major local art galleries have opening receptions on the first Saturday evening of each month, but these two nights (occurring on the 1st Saturday of August & the first Saturday of October, respectively) are extra special. These events bring out the whole city to view the galleries’ new exhibitions, antique shops’ latest offerings, have a few drinks & schmooze. Unlike the regular monthly opening receptions, this is when the galleries display their crème de la crème. It is quite a grand affair; besides the art on display, in many areas, there are terrific live music performances for the crowds, wine and other cocktails are available at most of the venues…and all of this is FREE and open to the public! As the Crescent City begins to take its first few baby steps into fall, our annual art night out, is just around the corner on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 6-9pm.

There are two main drags where Art for Arts’ Sake occurs; the Warehouse Arts District (primarily along Julia St.) & further uptown along the Garden District portion of Magazine You’ll find a wide variety of fine art within The Warehouse Arts Districts, from the stretch of galleries along Julia St. to Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Camp St.  Just opposite the Ogden, the Contemporary Arts Center, or as locals simply call it, the CAC, also hosts a happening  party from 6pm-midnight, however, the CAC’s party is $10 per person.  Meanwhile, uptown along Magazine St., visitors can stroll from one art gallery to the next, with stops in between at high-end boutiques, antique stores, and jewelry shops. There are plenty of options to delight your eyes and keep you entertained for the evening.

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The Satchmo Summer Festival

New Orleans is known for its jazz history and culture. We honor this historical Jazz culture with a celebration of New Orleans own, Louis Armstrong “Satchmo.”  The New Orleans Satchmo Summer Festival is a free American Jazz festival put on by the French Quarter Festivals Inc. to celebrate the life and works of Louis Armstrong.  Featuring free local New Orleans jazz, the Satchmo Festival will be held from August 4th-7th in the French Quarter, at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, only steps away from the French Market. read more »

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An Afternoon in Audubon Park

Autobon ParkA perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon in New Orleans is at Audubon Park. Audubon Park, located across St. Charles Avenue from the Universities, is unique in its beauty and history. During the Civil War the park was used as a Confederate camp and later as a Union hospital. The park began to take it’s current shape in 1884 when it was improved to host the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. Today the park is host to over 300 acres of green space, a zoo, beautiful walking and biking trails (paved and unpaved,) tennis courts, stables, and many other unique New Orleans treasures. Perhaps one of the most intriguing and unique treasures the park has to offer is what the locals refer to as “the tree of life.” This tree, thought to be one of the park’s oldest, has been a gathering place for locals of all ages for over a century. Located in the rear, left part of Audubon Park, just across Magazine Street, this massive tree is hard to miss.

 

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Cities of the Dead

Last Saturday, the sun finally shone after  a very bone chilling week. I grabbed my camera and headed over to the St. Roch Cemetery, one that I had never visited. Many people visit the cemeteries to experience these beautiful places filled with above grounds tombs whispering the history of the people and their city. The architecture itself makes the visit worth it. You  actually do feel  like you’re walking through the streets of a neighborhood and the tombs are little houses.
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Holiday Home Tour in the Garden District

New Orleans has some of the most amazing architecture in the world. As you travel about the city, your eyes are drawn to the homes and you’ll find yourself wondering what lays behind those front doors. The Holiday Home Tour is a great way  to  take a peek.

Seven stunning Garden District homes, decorated for for the Christmas holiday will be open for viewing. There will also be  a holiday boutique available with a variety of vendors selling local wares – great opportunity for a bit of Christmas shopping.

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Cities of the Dead

A New Orleans cemetery is a city in miniature, streets, curbs, iron fences, and its tombs above ground like small houses. New Orleans has traditionally respected the dead, yet this isn’t the reason the tombs are above ground. The settlers of the city struggled with many different methods of burying the dead. Most burial plots must be shallow because the water table is high. One too many feet down, and the grave is soggy and filled with water, causing the casket to float. The settlers even tried to weigh the caskets down by placing heavy stones within and atop of them. But following a heavy rainstorm, the coffins would literally pop right out of the ground.

 This was seen during Katrina in the lower parishes of South Louisiana were caskets floated far distances from their resting place. Fortunately the local funeral home had kept records of clothing and items that were buried with the person and was able to return them to their proper location.
Eventually, graves in New Orleans were placed above ground, similar to Spanish custom where vaults are stacked on each another. The wealthier families, of course, could afford larger ornately designed tombs including crypts.
The first question always asked is – how is each family member buried in each vault? When the family member is deceased for at least a year and a day before the tomb can be reopened. The person’s remains are transfered to a special burial bag than put to the back of the vault. Their coffin is destroyed and the vault is prepared for the recently deceased family member.  In the case that someone dies before the time restrictions are met, there are temporary vaults used until which time they can be placed to rest.
There are 42 cemeteries in the New Orleans area with many interesting, fascinating stories. Here at your New Orleans bed and breakfast, Southern Comfort, we do like to use Historic New Orleans Tours, owned and operated by Robert Florence, author of New Orleans Cemeteries.