Voodoo Queens and Jazz Legends

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Early last week I took a short trip to New Orleans. I’d been to the city once when I was really young but I didn’t remember anything about it. I was only there for a couple of days but I wanted to see as much as I could while I was there.

Overall I think it is a city that has a really interesting history. The influence of French and African culture makes the city remarkable in terms of the architecture, food, and lively locals.

One of the highlights of my trip was wandering through Armstrong Park, which sits in the French Quarter and honors the impact and growth of jazz within New Orleans.

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This is just one of the many beautiful sculptures in the park. Its huge and I would definitely recommend spending some time here if you visit the city. There is also a pond that sits in the middle of the park and lights that they put on at night that surround the water.

Bourbon Street is another huge attraction in the French Quarter. While exploring the historic cluster of bars and tiny restaurants, I stumbled upon the Voodoo House of Marie Laveau. If you’ve never heard of her, then I can give you the short version. She is a major historical figure in the history of the city, known for her huge following after she became a known practitioner of voodoo.

20140708_125023If you are a fan of American Horror Story (like me) you may recognize the name as Angela Basset’s character on the last season of the show was based on the life of Marie Laveau.

20140708_125034Pictures weren’t allowed in the shop but it was filled with good luck amulets, voodoo dolls, and other paraphanalia. One of the most interesting things in the store was the vast shrine to Marie.

A portrait served as the center of the shrine and it was surrounded by gifts left to her. There were bottles of liquor, money, and charms encasing the painting on all sides.

 

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