Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Orleans: Lafayette Cemetery #1


One of the places we visited in New Orleans was the Lafayette Cemetery #1 (yes apparently there is a #2). There are actually a lot of cemeteries in New Orleans, and many companies offer tours of these Cities of the Dead. I read that there also was a free tour of Lafayette Cemetery but advance registration is required. I forgot to preregister for the free tour, so we did a DIY.

Cemeteries usually give us the creeps. This one did not. It is located in the Garden District across from a very historic and posh-looking restaurant Commander's Palace Restaurant on Washington Avenue.

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The only cemetery in NOLA dedicated to a person.

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Barrel vaulted tomb.

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Another barrel vaulted tomb.

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Parapet tomb.

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Pediment tomb.

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Society tomb.

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Headstone.

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Hubby enjoying a walk under the sun.

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Busy shooting.

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Wall vaults line the Washington Avenue side of the cemetery. There was an on-going tour.

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She found something interesting to photograph.

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I was interested in her red jeans.

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As we exited the cemetery, I looked out and admired the trees that line the streets, its autumn leaves gleaming in the blue autumn sky.

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19 comments:

  1. Cemetery tour? I've never heard of it before. From your photos, it looks like a beautiful place befitting as a final resting place.

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  2. You got some great shots and I love seeing the blue skies. I've always been fascinated by old cemeteries. New Orleans is a city I've never visited but would like to.

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  3. Beautiful shots of a beautiful place! I love New Orleans -- lived there for a year a long time ago, but still have vivid memories! Wonderful blue, blue skies!! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Wonderful photos of your cemetery tour! The skies are a beautiful blue and the trees are gorgeous. Great post, have a happy weekend!

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  5. I find it interesting that you should include a visit to a cemetery as part of your itinerary. But I figure it is a good place to find some peace and quiet amidst the busy hustle of an urban jungle!

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  6. i'd love to visit this cemetery! i was introduced to cemeteries in New Orleans by Anne Rice novels.:p love your photos. the autumn leaves are beautiful.

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  7. I remember seeing a similar one in a movie!

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  8. I loved the colorful autumn leaves.

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  9. great collection of photos looks like a really interesting place to explore

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  10. A fine collection from the cemetery. I'm glad it was more pleasant than expected.

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  11. Cemeteries are often interesting places for photographers. Lovely blue skies!

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  12. It is an interesting tour of the cemetery. No, it didn't give me the creeps.

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  13. So, it was New Orleans on the previous post! :-)

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  14. It seems eerie but looks interesting as it can bring us back to the old days.

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  15. These are some very interesting mausoleums.

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  16. I'd feel a sense of creep if I were alone and no one else is there - so something like a popular cemetery as that may just be as good for DIY tour for me.

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  17. Very beautiful sequence of views of the cemetery, nice colors.

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  18. I have a feeling there are several New Orleans cemeteries that ARE creepy, Maria, and maybe this one, too, at night. There's just a different energy in that city, with it's ghost heritage! HA!

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  19. New Orleans is unique. We just drove through another part of Louisiana (Shreveport) and noticed that the cemeteries are also above ground -- guess it's the whole state that way.

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